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creak

[ kreek ]
/ krik /
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verb (used without object)
to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound.
to move with creaking.
verb (used with object)
to cause to creak.
noun
a creaking sound.
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Origin of creak

1275–1325; Middle English creken to croak, apparently back formation from Old English crǣcettan, variant of crācettan to croak

OTHER WORDS FROM creak

creak·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH creak

creak , creek, croak
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British Dictionary definitions for creak

creak
/ (kriːk) /

verb
to make or cause to make a harsh squeaking sound
(intr) to make such sounds while movingthe old car creaked along
noun
a harsh squeaking sound

Derived forms of creak

creaky, adjectivecreakily, adverbcreakiness, nouncreakingly, adverb

Word Origin for creak

C14: variant of croak, of imitative origin
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