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

  • intransitive v. To screech; shriek.
  • intransitive v. To creak.
  • n. A screech; a shriek.
  • n. A creak.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. shriek; screech
  • v. shriek; screech

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A creaking; a screech; a shriek.
  • intransitive v. To utter suddenly a sharp, shrill sound; to screech; to creak, as a door or wheel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter a sharp, shrill sound or outcry; scream or screech; also, to creak, as a door or wheel.
  • n. A creaking; a screech; a creaking sound.

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

  • v. utter a harsh abrupt scream
  • v. make a high-pitched, screeching noise


Middle English skricken, from Old Norse skr├Žkja.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • She did not run against chairs nor move a stool so that the legs emitted a "screak" of agony, and she could sit still for an hour at a time if she had a book.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston

  • Behold, I will screak under you as a wain screaketh that is laden with hay.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • And the hinges of the temple shall screak in that day, saith the

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • She made it screak; she made it wail; she set her own teeth on edge with the horrid discords she drew from it.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • Then only the distant rumble of the Elevated Railroad could be heard occasionally, or the far, seaward whistle of some steamer, or the scrape and screak of a street-car.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy

  • The front gate screaked, a slow, timid, almost furtive sort of screak, and then banged suddenly shut as though it despaired of further concealment.


  • He had barely gained the security of the front room -- somehow he felt it as security -- when he heard the gate screak and, turning suddenly, saw a man dart like a shadow around the side of the house.


  • Snowbirds from Mississauga to Michigan come here for a slice of winter every year to reset their circadian rhythms and remind themselves that there will again be a world, one of these months, without salt-veined boots and the chalkboard-fingernail screak of scrapers on crusty windshields.

    Toronto Sun

  • a line of ageing wooden pickets and about midway in their extent hung the wooden gate with the screak.


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