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[kree-kee] /ˈkri ki/
adjective, creakier, creakiest.
creaking or apt to creak:
a creaky stairway.
run-down; dilapidated:
a creaky shack.
Phonetics. (of the voice) produced by vibration of a small portion of the vocal cords while the arytenoid cartilages are held together, with little breath being released; laryngealized.
Origin of creaky
1825-35; creak + -y1
Related forms
creakily, adverb
creakiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They got into a small round elevator and Ringg punched buttons; it began to rise, slowly and creakily, toward the top.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • He paid very close attention to it as he was carried slowly and creakily upward.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • And still the rusty old wheels revolved, as creakily as ever, at the Capital.

Word Origin and History for creakily



1834, from creak + -y (2). Related: Creakily; creakiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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