to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound.
to move with creaking.
to cause to creak.
a creaking sound.
- creak·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use creak in a sentence
The creaks at night and the shifting shadows along the bedroom wall intimate to a young person’s mind that the external world is uncontrollable.‘Little Nightmares II’: A hypnotic, dark fairy tale | Christopher Byrd | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
An iceberg splits with the same yawning creak as a tree beginning its fall to earth.
You could hear the buildings creak and groan as they shook in their foundations.
Garnache took the proffered chair, and sank down with creak and jingle to warm himself at the fire.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
And this time Mrs. Armine noticed that the basket chair did not creak beneath his movement.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
A gentle breath from heaven makes the basket decline a little and the ropes creak against the hardwood clinch blocks.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
Joe agreed; the anchor was lost, and the men prepared for the first creak that would show that the tide was coming.The Chequers | James Runciman
But her ears magnified a thousandfold each crackling of a log and each creak of the floor sent expectant shivers along her spine.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
British Dictionary definitions for creak
to make or cause to make a harsh squeaking sound
(intr) to make such sounds while moving: the old car creaked along
a harsh squeaking sound
- creaky, adjective
- creakily, adverb
- creakiness, noun
- creakingly, adverb
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