In The Paying Guests, the house, which creaks and stands so still and yet so freighted, is almost a character in itself.
“I live in a house that creaks, and when I am asleep and hear that groan, it reminds me that I am back in the mine,” said Avalos.
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+)