Origin of squeak

1350–1400; Middle English squeken, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Swedish skväka to croak
Related formssqueak·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for squeak

creak, screech, squeal, sound, pipe, yelp, cry, whine, cheep, grate, sing, peep, shrill, scream, talk, scritch

Examples from the Web for squeak

Contemporary Examples of squeak

Historical Examples of squeak

  • I thought I'd shouted it, but it sounded just like a squeak.

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • Anywhere but that rocker, I mean; that's got a squeak in the leg.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Don't you so much as squeak, Mr. Castro," a voice whispered in my ear.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • He had cracked his voice at last, and could only squeak miserably.

  • You've got two notes at present, and one's a squeak and t'other's a grumble.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for squeak



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


to make or cause to make a squeak
(intr ; usually foll by through or by) to pass with only a narrow marginto squeak through an examination
(intr) informal to confess information about oneself or another
(tr) to utter with a squeak
Derived Formssqueaker, nounsqueaky, adjectivesqueakily, adverbsqueakiness, noun

Word Origin for squeak

C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish skväka to croak
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Word Origin and History for squeak

late 14c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Middle Swedish skväka "to squeak, croak." Related: Squeaked; squeaking. The noun is from 1660s; sense of "narrow escape" is from 1822.

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