adjective, creak·i·er, creak·i·est.

creaking or apt to creak: a creaky stairway.
run-down; dilapidated: a creaky shack.
Phonetics. (of the voice) produced by vibration of a small portion of the vocal cords while the arytenoid cartilages are held together, with little breath being released; laryngealized.

Origin of creaky

First recorded in 1825–35; creak + -y1
Related formscreak·i·ly, adverbcreak·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for creakily

Historical Examples of creakily

  • They got into a small round elevator and Ringg punched buttons; it began to rise, slowly and creakily, toward the top.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • He paid very close attention to it as he was carried slowly and creakily upward.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • And still the rusty old wheels revolved, as creakily as ever, at the Capital.

Word Origin and History for creakily



1834, from creak + -y (2). Related: Creakily; creakiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper