- 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[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[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. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): imitative; compare with Swedish skväka
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//