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

 

creak

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kriːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kriːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they creak
BrE BrE//kriːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kriːk//
 
he / she / it creaks
BrE BrE//kriːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kriːks//
 
past simple creaked
BrE BrE//kriːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kriːkt//
 
past participle creaked
BrE BrE//kriːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kriːkt//
 
-ing form creaking
BrE BrE//ˈkriːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkriːkɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [intransitive] to make the sound that a door sometimes makes when you open it or that a wooden floor sometimes makes when you step on it She heard a floorboard creak upstairs. a creaking bed/gate/stair The table creaked and groaned under the weight. The timbers creaked as the boat set sail. + adj. The door creaked open.
  • Word Origin Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘croak’): imitative.Extra examples He stood up, his bones creaking. The chair creaked under his weight. The door creaked open an inch. The ice creaked and groaned underfoot. The stairs creaked as I crept down them. The stairs creaked as she went up them.Idioms if a system or service creaks under the strain, it cannot deal effectively with all the things it is expected to do or provide
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