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creaky

[kree-kee] /ˈkri ki/
adjective, creakier, creakiest.
1.
creaking or apt to creak:
a creaky stairway.
2.
run-down; dilapidated:
a creaky shack.
3.
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
1825-1835
1825-35; creak + -y1
Related forms
creakily, adverb
creakiness, noun
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Examples for creaky
  • For years pre-Code films were regarded as creaky antiques and largely neglected by studios.
  • Differences between ways of producing vowels, such as creaky voice or breathy voice.
  • Better communications would let troops act swiftly and with accurate intelligence, skirting creaky hierarchies.
  • On the creaky wooden floor is painted a large white circle quartered by a cross.
  • And concerns about poor access to health care, creaky infrastructure, and a strained education pipeline are genuine.
  • Both countries have creaky economies and weak armies.
  • The other problem is a state bloated by pork-barrel spending and hampered by a creaky tax system.
  • Pervasive corruption and creaky infrastructure will impede progress.
  • Our current creaky model of democracy seems to be in urgent need of oiling, as it threatens to fall apart.
  • New immigrants restore the creaky dwellings of those who fled.
Word Origin and History for creaky
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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