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[skwee-kee] /ˈskwi ki/
adjective, squeakier, squeakiest.
squeaking; tending to squeak:
His squeaky shoes could be heard across the lobby.
Origin of squeaky
1860-65; squeak + -y1
Related forms
squeakily, adverb
squeakiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In flight, these birds can be readily identified by their long square tails and high-pitched squeaky voices.
  • There is scraping of squeaky fiddles in the dark rooms, and cracked old voices sing long-for-gotten songs.
  • And the squeaky clean mice, even with the risky gene, stayed healthy.
  • In this case, the squeaky wheel really does get the grease.
  • Critics say other figures in his party lack his squeaky-clean pedigree.
  • Here she is, bald-lifting the squeaky flap of her white rubber bathing hat to tuck out of sight strands of her livid hair.
  • Oh, ye of the wheeled and squeaky cart, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
  • Complaints about squeaky noises were among the factors that slowed acceptance of the original version.
  • From a squeaky-clean nun to a single mom who cleans.
  • After a few near-misses, he gathered a squeaky white bird in a tight hug, stroking her feathers to calm her.
Word Origin and History for squeaky

1862, from squeak (n.) + -y (2). Squeaky clean in figurative sense is from 1972, probably from advertisements for dishwashing liquid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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