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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a grating or squeaking sound.
  • intransitive v. To move with a creaking sound.
  • n. A grating or squeaking sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sound produced by anything that creaks; a creaking.
  • v. To make a prolonged sharp grating or squeaking sound, as by the friction of hard substances.
  • v. To produce a creaking sound with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sound produced by anything that creaks; a creaking.
  • intransitive v. To make a prolonged sharp grating or squeaking sound, as by the friction of hard substances.
  • transitive v. To produce a creaking sound with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound, as by the friction of hard substances: as, the gate creaks on its hinges; creaking shoes.
  • To cause to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound.
  • n. A sharp, harsh, grating sound, as that produced by the friction of hard substances.
  • n. A dialectal variant of crake.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a squeaking sound
  • v. make a high-pitched, screeching noise

Etymologies

Middle English creken, croak, complain, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English creken, metathesis of Old English cearcian. Cognate with Albanian grykë ("throat"). (Wiktionary)

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