An example of creak is to make a sound while walking on a loose wooden board in the floor.
- to make a harsh, shrill, grating, or squeaking sound, as rusted hinges do
- to move slowly with or as with such a sound
Origin of creakMiddle English creken, to make a sound like geese, crows, and the like ; echoic variant, variety of croken: see croak
intransitive verbcreaked, creak·ing, creaks
- To make a grating or squeaking sound.
- To move with a creaking sound.
Origin of creakMiddle English creken, croak, complain, of imitative origin.
(third-person singular simple present creaks, present participle creaking, simple past and past participle creaked)
From Middle English creken, metathesis of Old English cearcian. Cognate with Albanian grykë (“throat”).