From inside came the creak and whine of a windlass bearing a heavy load.
It was no louder than a whisper from without—the creak of a board.
I heard the whisper of silk and the creak of seats as the members of my family at last settled comfortably into their seats.
I heard the rattle of the bar as the helper lifted it, then the creak of the gate.
From the bow I heard the creak of the anchor-chains as they were drawn on board, and from the engine-room the tinkle of bells.
It even repeated the creak of those old, rusty springs while you waited for her.
Its song starts like the creak of the black-and-white warbler and ends like a chipping sparrow.
He heard them even before he had left his bunk—the clink, creak, creak!
Every board seemed to creak as I trod gingerly toward the stairway.
She turned at the creak of his footstep on the threshold and for the first time she spoke.
early 14c., "utter a harsh cry," of imitative origin. Used of the sound made by a rusty gate hinge, etc., from 1580s. Related: Creaked; creaking. As a noun, from c.1600.
To show signs of wear; be near collapse: indications that their marriages are creaking (1930s+)