creak vs squeak what difference

what is difference between creak and squeak

English

Alternative forms

  • crik (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English creken, criken, metathesis of Old English cearcian (to chatter, creak, crash, gnash), from Proto-West Germanic *krakōn (to crash, crack, creak), related to Proto-Germanic *krakōną, ultimately of imitative origin.

Compare also Old English crǣccettan, crācettan (to croak), Albanian grykë (throat). More at crack.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: krēk, IPA(key): /kɹiːk/
  • Homophone: creek
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Noun

creak (plural creaks)

  1. The sound produced by anything that creaks; a creaking.

Translations

Verb

creak (third-person singular simple present creaks, present participle creaking, simple past and past participle creaked)

  1. (intransitive) To make a prolonged sharp grating or squeaking sound, as by the friction of hard substances.
    • 1856, Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator), Gustave Flaubert (author), Madame Bovary, Part III, Chapter 10:
      Then when the four ropes were arranged the coffin was placed upon them. He watched it descend; it seemed descending for ever. At last a thud was heard; the ropes creaked as they were drawn up.
    • 1901, W. W. Jacobs, The Monkey’s Paw:
      He heard the creaking of the bolt as it came slowly back, and at the same moment he found the monkey’s paw, and frantically breathed his third and last wish.
  2. (transitive) To produce a creaking sound with.
    • a. 1941, Theodore Roethke, “On the Road to Woodlawn”, in Open House (1941)
      I miss the polished brass, the powerful black horses,
      The drivers creaking the seats of the baroque hearses
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To suffer from strain or old age.
    • 2002, Stanley Wells, Shakespeare Survey (volume 39, page 205)
      Fascinating though this high-minded re-reading was, certain crucial joints of the play creaked a good deal under the strain.
    • 2007, Francis Pryor, Britain in the Middle Ages: An Archaeological History (page 232)
      The whole basis of feudalism, especially in the more intensively farmed champion arable landscapes of the Midlands, was starting to creak.

Derived terms

  • creaky

Translations

References

Anagrams

  • Acker, Crake, Kacer, acker, crake


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /skwiːk/
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Noun

squeak (plural squeaks)

  1. A short, high-pitched sound, as of two objects rubbing together, or the calls of small animals.
  2. (games) A card game similar to group solitaire.
  3. (slang) A narrow squeak.
    • 1905, E. W. Hornung, A Thief in the Night
      “I had the very devil of a squeak for it,” he went on. “I did the hurdles over two or three garden-walls, but so did the flyer who was on my tracks, and he drove me back into the straight and down to High Street like any lamplighter. []

Translations

Verb

squeak (third-person singular simple present squeaks, present participle squeaking, simple past and past participle squeaked)

  1. (intransitive) To emit a short, high-pitched sound.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To inform, to squeal.
    • If he be obstinate, put a civil question to him upon the rack, and he squeaks, I warrant him.
  3. (transitive) To speak or sound in a high-pitched manner.
  4. (intransitive, games) To empty the pile of 13 cards a player deals to oneself in the card game of the same name.
  5. (intransitive, informal) To win or progress by a narrow margin.
    • 1999, Surfer (volume 40, issues 7-12)
      [] allowing Parkinson to squeak into the final by a half-point margin.

Synonyms

  • (to inform): drop a dime, grass up, snitch; See also Thesaurus:rat out

Derived terms

  • bubble and squeak
  • squeakish
  • squeaky
  • squeak by
  • squeak through

Translations

Anagrams

  • quakes

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