creak

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v creak make a high-pitched, screeching noise "The door creaked when I opened it slowly","My car engine makes a whining noise"
    • n creak a squeaking sound "the creak of the floorboards gave him away"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Creak krēk The sound produced by anything that creaks; a creaking.
    • v. i Creak krēk To make a prolonged sharp grating or squeaking sound, as by the friction of hard substances; as, shoes creak . "The creaking locusts with my voice conspire.""Doors upon their hinges creaked ."
    • v. t Creak To produce a creaking sound with. "Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • creak To make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound, as by the friction of hard substances: as, the gate creaks on its hinges; creaking shoes.
    • creak To cause to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound.
    • n creak A sharp, harsh, grating sound, as that produced by the friction of hard substances.
    • n creak A dialectal variant of crake.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Creak krēk to make a sharp, grating sound, as of a hinge, &c
    • n Creak a grating noise, as of an unoiled hinge
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. creken, prob. of imitative origin; cf. E. crack, and,. D. krieken, to crackle, chirp

Usage

In literature:

The sledge creaked free of its frost anchorage and moved.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Bolts grated, the key creaked, and heavily and warily old Peter opened the door and reconnoitered.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
The wind too was rising and filling the house with ghostly creaks.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
There was turning of keys, and creaking of locks, As he took forth a bait from his iron box.
"English Satires" by Various
A board creaked under his foot and he all but cried out.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
She was about to close her eyes again when a peculiar creaking sound greeted her ears.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
The wooden bedstead creaked, and rubbed against the side of the house as she turned herself upon it.
"The Zeit-Geist" by Lily Dougall
Splashes of rain pelted her face, while a gust of wind caused the scow to creak dismally.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
As the century clanged noisily into its busy eighties, Adrian P. Brownwell creaked stiffly into his forties.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
As the wagons rolled up on creaking wheels the distance began to darken with the buffalo.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The door creaked, and a poorly-dressed woman entered.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
I heard some one in the hall softly slip a key in the lock of my door, and turn it with a creaking sound.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
Mammy Warren owned the upper part of this tenement-house, and no one ever came up the creaking stairs except to visit her.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
A low, heavily laden lumber wagon, drawn by straining horses, creaked down the street.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
The outer door had creaked on its hinges and opened without a shadow of doubt.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
In less than half an hour the table fairly creaked under the weight of a sumptuous dinner.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
The steps died at the top of the stair, but an irregular creaking continued.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
No word was spoken, no sound; not a step creaked, not a board stirred.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Heretofore she had acknowledged Peter as her friend, in spite of his creaking shoes and objectionable hat.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
Will no one stop that creaking!
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
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In poetry:

And 'mid the creaking timber's din,
And the roaring of the sea,
I heard the dismal, drowning cries
Of their last agony.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
The moonlight flutters from the sky
To meet her at the door,
A little ghost, whose steps have passed
Across the creaking floor.
"A Little Ghost" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
Now wearying round the portals
Of the vacant, desolate mind--
As the doors of a ruined mansion,
That creak in the cold night wind.
"Psychaura" by Henry Howard Brownell
Out on the lake, oarlocks creak
And a woman starts to squeal,
While up in the sky, inured to it all,
The moon's disk senselessly leers.
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Down the stair I know she is coming,
Bare-footed, lifting her train;
It creaks not—she hears it creaking
Where once there was a brain.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
Who hastes our wold with naught but gold,
Who seeks but food and wine,
The wood-folk wise shall blind his eyes
To the creaking tavern-sign ;
"The Inn Of A Thousand Dreams" by Gilbert Frankau

In news:

Q I have pain in my heel cord, and sometimes it makes a creaking sound.
You can almost hear history's hinges creak today.
If there's still creaking , replace the bearings and inspect for pits on the race.
Enjoying his most prolific spell in English football, Luis Suarez will look to wreak further havoc on Chelsea's creaking defense this weekend to reinvigorate Liverpool's stuttering Premier League campaign.
Do your hips or knees respond with a creak or pop.
Though old hardwood floors creak and leaded glass windows leak, owners of older homes are a special breed.
You can almost hear history’s hinges creak today.
Storm- crippled New York City subway creaks back into service.
Storm- crippled NYC transit system creaks back into service.
She gingerly climbs the stairs of the 200-year-old house as the floors creak out a welcome.
Learn to cope with creaking, painful joints.
Creak, crunch and groan those are the sounds of osteoarthritis .
To this day I can't think about doing the right thing without hearing the faint creaking of wood.
Skyscrapers swayed and creaked in winds that partially toppled a crane 74 stories above Midtown.
Getting into a new routine is not without creaks and groans.
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