Nearby words

  1. squawfish,
  2. squawk,
  3. squawk box,
  4. squawky,
  5. squawroot,
  6. squeak by,
  7. squeaker,
  8. squeaky,
  9. squeaky clean,
  10. squeaky wheel gets the grease

Origin of squeak

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

Related formssqueak·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for squeak

British Dictionary definitions for squeak


/ (skwiːk) /


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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