creaky

[kree-kee]

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
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Examples from the Web for creaky

Contemporary Examples of creaky

  • And when Bush misled our nation into war, the creaky old son of the coalfields gave his greatest roar.

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    Remembering Robert Byrd

    Paul Begala

    June 28, 2010

  • The songs, which have creaky titles like “All that Razz” and “Hooray for What's-not-good,” are belted out with pitchy gusto.

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    The Worst Awards in Hollywood

    Sean Macaulay

    March 7, 2010

  • We'll pay a hundred dollars an hour to sit in a creaky chair.

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    My Conversation with John Updike

    Barbara Probst Solomon

    January 29, 2009

Historical Examples of creaky

  • Myron mounted a creaky stairway guiltless of carpet and found himself in a narrow hall from which four doors opened.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He hobbled up the creaky steps with his club-foot, and knocked timidly at the door.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

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

  • 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

  • Thorndyke asked, as the cabman's footsteps faded away in a creaky diminuendo.

    The Mystery of 31 New Inn

    R. Austin Freeman



Word Origin and History for creaky
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper