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creaky Line breaks: creaky
Pronunciation: /ˈkriːki/

Definition of creaky in English:

adjective (creakier, creakiest)

1Making or liable to make a creaking sound when being moved or when pressure is applied: I climbed the creaky stairs
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  • The play, which runs until January 8, tells the story of an American family who move into a creaky old hall only to discover that they are not alone.
  • Then there were sounds like soft footfalls which started in the area of the tower, then moved across the creaky boards of the attic.
  • As she walked up the old creaky stairs a sound caught Elizabeth's ears: the sound of a flutelike instrument playing a soft unfamiliar melody.
1.1(Of a voice) producing a harsh, high-pitched sound: ‘We don’t know, do we’, he said, creaky with self-restraint
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  • Muscles groaned as they were used one more time, and his creaky voice almost didn't make it out.
  • The thing's creaky voice was a cross between nails on a blackboard and a door that seriously needed oiling.
  • The world sounded with the creaky, whispery voices of the trees and the low, grating language of the stones, and all was well.
2Old-fashioned or decrepit: the country’s creaky legal system
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  • It's feeling a little old and decrepit and creaky.
  • Outside London, no professional police force was in place and the mechanisms of control available to the authorities were old-fashioned and creaky.
  • The creaky machinery of the legal thriller makes you yearn for a big payoff - but no one, except poor Sheila, goes to jail.


Example sentences
  • Timidly, I pulled it, and a trap door opened creakily.
  • Well, to anyone who didn't see that plot twist coming creakily down the pike, I very much envy your ability to be continually surprised at the movies.
  • The floorboards were surprisingly strong, their tops layered with dust but barely threatening any give as she moved creakily across them.
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  • Some of the apparent creakiness of the plot turns out to be a bit of a double bluff, and the book rattles along quite painlessly for some 500 pages.
  • The trademark creakiness was gone, replaced by an infectious energy and vitality sorely lacking in most musicals of the time.
  • This is just one area in which the creakiness of the plot is obvious, this theme is never developed.

Words that rhyme with creaky

beaky, cheeky, cliquey, cock-a-leekie, freaky, Geikie, Kon-Tiki, Leakey, leaky, peaky, reeky, sleeky, sneaky, squeaky, streaky, Thessaloníki, tiki, tzatziki
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