Definition of creak in English:

Share this entry

creak

Pronunciation: /kriːk/

verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
squeak, groan, grate;
screech, squeal, grind, jar, rasp, rub, scrape;
complain
2Show weakness or frailty under strain: the system started to creak
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

A scraping or squeaking sound: the creak of a floorboard broke the silence
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

creakingly

adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with creak

antique, batik, beak, bespeak, bezique, bleak, boutique, cacique, caïque, cheek, chic, clique, creek, critique, Dominique, eke, freak, geek, Greek, hide-and-seek, keek, Lalique, leak, leek, Martinique, meek, midweek, Mozambique, Mustique, mystique, oblique, opéra comique, ortanique, peak, Peake, peek, physique, pique, pratique, reek, seek, shriek, Sikh, sleek, sneak, speak, Speke, squeak, streak, teak, technique, tongue-in-cheek, tweak, unique, veronique, weak, week, wreak
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.