Definition of creak in English:


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Pronunciation: /kriːk


[no object]
  • 1(Of an object, typically a wooden one) make a scraping or squeaking sound when being moved or when pressure is applied: the stairs creaked as she went up them [with complement]: the garden gate creaked open
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    • Beneath her, the wooden floors creaked and her shoes sounded softly in the silence.
    • I heard the gates creak open and felt a slight shove to move forward.
    • I'm caught unawares as the wooden door creaks open, and a large man lurches into the room, his belly swaying with every step he takes.
    squeak, groan, grate; screech, squeal, grind, jar, rasp, rub, scrape; complain
  • 2Show weakness or frailty under strain: the system started to creak
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    • Police sources told the Evening Press the ten-year-old system was creaking under the strain as aging equipment fails.
    • The healthcare system groaned and creaked under the rising strain.
    • With the mobile phone networks creaking under the strain, I couldn't locate any friends, and wandered off home.


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  • A scraping or squeaking sound: the creak of a floorboard broke the silence
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    • A creak in the floorboard echoed throughout the house, but there was no sign that anyone had heard anything.
    • The heavy fabric blocked the sound of the thunder, and a creak outside my door was now audible.
    • I could hear the pops, the creaks, the rumbling of the ice underfoot and all around.



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  • It's not just the characters who are under-developed either; the unimaginative plot is creakingly predictable and seems to chug along on its own pre-determined path, rather than being driven by the characters' desires.
  • It is the crudest roman-à-clef, glaringly derivative and creakingly obvious.
  • At that moment the first of the early morning wagons rolled thunderingly, creakingly, sqeakingly by the garden wall, and without a word the two lovers dressed.


Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'croak'): imitative.

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