Definition of squeak verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    squeak

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skwiːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squeak
    BrE BrE//skwiːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːk//
     
    he / she / it squeaks
    BrE BrE//skwiːks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːks//
     
    past simple squeaked
    BrE BrE//skwiːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːkt//
     
    past participle squeaked
    BrE BrE//skwiːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːkt//
     
    -ing form squeaking
    BrE BrE//ˈskwiːkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwiːkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make a short high sound that is not very loud My new shoes squeak. The mouse ran away, squeaking with fear. One wheel makes a horrible squeaking noise.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (+ speech) to speak in a very high voice, especially when you are nervous or excited ‘Let go of me!’ he squeaked nervously.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to only just manage to win something, pass a test, etc. We squeaked into the final with a goal in the last minute. The gun control measures narrowly squeaked through Congress. The socialist party squeaked home with a majority of just two seats.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): imitative; compare with Swedish skväka ‘croak’, also with squeal and shriek. The noun dates from the early 17th cent.
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