from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to creak.
- adj. Shaky or infirm, as with age; decrepit: creaky knee joints; a creaky regime.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tending to creak
- adj. Worn down by overuse; decrepit
- adj. arthritic or rheumatic
- adj. Of or relating to a special kind of phonation in which the arytenoid cartilages in the larynx are drawn together, compressing the vocal folds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. worn down with age or use; in poor condition.
- adj. producing a rasping or grating sound under some circumsatance.
- adj. aching when flexed; -- of body parts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Creaking; apt to creak.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. worn and broken down by hard use
- adj. having a rasping or grating sound
- adj. of or pertaining to arthritis
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Instead it came first in creaky agricultural countries, and never did come where he expected it.
Bumper car and Ferris wheel rides can charitably be described as "creaky."
However, I've also been pondering today on the possibility that the voicing here also involves laryngealization aka creaky voicing1.
All that happens with age is the equipment gets creaky, that is it. the brain doesn't have to change at all.
"creaky" -- will be familiar with the body of work of Brian Eno.
Joshi points out a number of criticisms of the work from when it was first published to recent times, but there is no denying that it was one of the earliest such works in the field, and as such, has not only influenced a lot of subsequent work but remains one that you should examine however "creaky" it might be.
"Courtesy and respect, " said the figure in a kind of creaky voice, as though it were something that was not often used.
Harry Potter knockoffs are dreadfully humorless, even this kind of creaky, neurotic comedy is most welcome.
He used to get nervous at any kind of creaky noise in the industrial plant that we worked in, and would often be seen nervously pacing around the desk.
"We have a pretty old and antiquated, kind of creaky regulatory system," said
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