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squeaky

[skwee-kee]
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adjective, squeak·i·er, squeak·i·est.
  1. squeaking; tending to squeak: His squeaky shoes could be heard across the lobby.
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Origin of squeaky

First recorded in 1860–65; squeak + -y1
Related formssqueak·i·ly, adverbsqueak·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for squeaky

strident, falsetto, stridulate, stridulous

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Contemporary Examples of squeaky

Historical Examples of squeaky

  • His voice was squeaky and petulant, like that of a child who is suddenly forbidden a toy.

  • A squeaky voice screamed, "Confession or no confession, you are a police spy!"

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • The ironwork was squeaky and broken, the breaks repaired with strings.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • As she opened the squeaky screen-door he was clumping down the steps.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • A great explosion of squeaky French followed, a word or two of Italian.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child


Word Origin and History for squeaky

adj.

1862, from squeak (n.) + -y (2). Squeaky clean in figurative sense is from 1972, probably from advertisements for dishwashing liquid.

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