“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.
In The Paying Guests, the house, which creaks and stands so still and yet so freighted, is almost a character in itself.
That door”—she pointed to the door by which she had entered—“creaks horribly.
A thing that creaks is not standing still and gathering mildew.
For all her wrinkles and creaks, what a fine vessel she was for the power, to be sure!
It is hanging on the sands—how it creaks and sways in the wind!
The ice, in its endeavor to pack itself solidly together, slides over itself with groans and creaks that sound like human cries.
We had heard lots of creaks already, but somehow this one startled us both.
At half-past nine old Collins creaks up stairs, and Mrs. Collins goes into the kitchen and rakes out the cinders for fear of fire.
The great sign at the top of the hotel swings and creaks and groans.
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+)