A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
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+)