[ 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.
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 creakcreak·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use creak in a sentence
In The Paying Guests, the house, which creaks and stands so still and yet so freighted, is almost a character in itself.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I live in a house that creaks, and when I am asleep and hear that groan, it reminds me that I am back in the mine,” said Avalos.Chilean Miners Fight Their Demons|Jonathan Franklin|October 10, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The station building gave sickening creaks; then it toppled with a crash.A Lost Hero|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
With creaks and groans in every joint the car discharged its six very dusty, very weary occupants.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O|Clair Blank
Everything about the place rattles and creaks when the wind is blowing, and it gets inside through all the cracks and holes.Heidi|Johanna Spyri
"It must be the creaks on the stairs that make it so awfully lonely all of a sudden," argued Flame.Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
For all her wrinkles and creaks, what a fine vessel she was for the power, to be sure!The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for creak
/ (kriːk) /
to make or cause to make a harsh squeaking sound
(intr) to make such sounds while movingthe old car creaked along
a harsh squeaking sound
Derived forms of creakcreaky, adjectivecreakily, adverbcreakiness, nouncreakingly, adverb
Word Origin for creak
C14: variant of croak, of imitative origin
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