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creaky

[kree-kee]
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adjective, creak·i·er, creak·i·est.
  1. creaking or apt to creak: a creaky stairway.
  2. run-down; dilapidated: a creaky shack.
  3. 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.
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Origin of creaky

First recorded in 1825–35; creak + -y1
Related formscreak·i·ly, adverbcreak·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for creaky

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Historical Examples

  • Mr Verloc heard the creaky plank in the floor, and was content.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Then he shaped with his mouth to use that and not the stairs, for the stairs were creaky.

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • Lovers now-a-days are much too middle-aged, and their joints are creaky.

    The Explorer

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Then came a nervous shuffling of boots on the creaky boards.

  • It was a little unsteady and creaky to walk on, but very imposing to look at.


Word Origin and History for creaky

adj.

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

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