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[ skweek ]


  1. a short, sharp, shrill cry; a sharp, high-pitched sound.
  2. Informal. opportunity; chance:

    their last squeak to correct the manuscript.

  3. an escape from defeat, danger, death, or destruction (usually qualified by narrow or close ).

verb (used without object)

  1. to utter or emit a squeak or squeaky sound.
  2. Slang. to confess or turn informer; squeal.

verb (used with object)

  1. to utter or sound with a squeak or squeaks.

verb phrase

  1. to succeed, survive, pass, win, etc., by a very narrow margin:

    They can barely squeak by on their income. The team managed to squeak through.


/ skwiːk /


  1. a short shrill cry or high-pitched sound
  2. informal.
    an escape (esp in the phrases narrow squeak , near squeak )


  1. to make or cause to make a squeak
  2. intr; usually foll by through or by to pass with only a narrow margin

    to squeak through an examination

  3. informal.
    intr to confess information about oneself or another
  4. tr to utter with a squeak

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsqueaker, noun
  • ˈsqueakiness, noun
  • ˈsqueaky, adjective
  • ˈsqueakily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • squeaking·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of squeak1

1350–1400; Middle English squeken, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Swedish skväka to croak

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Word History and Origins

Origin of squeak1

C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish skväka to croak

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Example Sentences

A squeaky garage door can make fast enemies, and squeaks aren’t the only issue that crop up.

By the time their three-month infancy was up, the Central American natives learned an average of 12 to 20 unique syllables—half or most of the 25 syllables adults use to form their squeaks and squeals.

They can add noise from both the wind and rattles and squeaks.

The rest of the area is a blend of blue padded walls with maize trim, “Block M’s” and signature Jordan Jumpman insignia serving as the backdrop to the staccato sounds of basketballs and sneaker squeaks.

Her only projects to persist through the pandemic have been conducted from afar, like using acoustic monitors to eavesdrop on the animals’ squeaks and swooshes.

And while polls show 594 is likely to pass, 591 could squeak by as well.

In the real world, the pro-B-2 case was a security-muffled squeak.

Shapard, the pollster, predicts Lankford will just squeak by with a narrow majority.

But I have no apologies for the audible squeals I unknowingly squeak out whenever I see her on screen.

And it was the most that could squeak through a filibuster- hobbled Senate.

On the second floor there was neither light nor sound—not so much as the squeak of a rat.

He could only hear the rush of eternal darkness past his ears, the thin squeak of his shadow brushing across the stars.

Punch wrung its neck, and if the choke or squeak which it gave were not real, I know nothing of reality.

Another near squeak was a bullet striking beside me from a glancing shot where I was standing, as I thought, in absolute safety.

At each of its revolutions the off hind-wheel gave a dry squeak like a pair of boots that has not been paid for.


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