American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give forth a short, shrill cry or sound.
- v. Slang To turn informer.
- v. To utter in a thin, shrill voice.
- n. A short shrill cry or sound, such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge.
- n. An escape: a close squeak.
- through To manage barely to pass, win, or survive: squeaked through the test; squeaks by on a limited income.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a short, sharp, shrill cry, as a pig or a rat; make a sharp noise, as a pipe or fife, a wheel or hinge that needs oiling, or the sole of a boot.
- To break silence or secrecy; speak out; turn informer; “squeal”; peach.
- To shirk an obligation, as the payment of a debt.
- To utter with a squeak, or in a squeaking tone.
- n. A short, sharp, shrill cry, such as that uttered by pigs or mice, or made by a wheel or the hinge of a door when dry.
- n. A short, high-pitched sound, as of two objects rubbing together, or the calls of small animals.
- n. games A card game similar to group solitaire.
- v. intransitive To emit a short, high-pitched sound.
- v. intransitive, slang To inform, to squeal.
- v. transitive To speak or sound in a high-pitched manner.
- v. intransitive, games To empty the pile of 13 cards a player deals to themself in the card game of the same name.
- v. intransitive, informal To win or progress by a narrow margin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To utter a sharp, shrill cry, usually of short duration; to cry with an acute tone, as an animal; or, to make a sharp, disagreeable noise, as a pipe or quill, a wagon wheel, a door; to creak.
- v. colloq. To break silence or secrecy for fear of pain or punishment; to speak; to confess.
- n. A sharp, shrill, disagreeable sound suddenly uttered, either of the human voice or of any animal or instrument, such as is made by carriage wheels when dry, by the soles of leather shoes, or by a pipe or reed.
- n. something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
- v. make a high-pitched, screeching noise
- n. a short high-pitched noise
- Middle English squeken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skvakka, to croak. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That awful _squeak, squeak, squeak_ continues day and night.”
“With all this talk about getting rid of the current Stop & Search form I still haven’t heard a squeak from the usual suspects in reply and in defence of the Macpherson led initiative.”
“Video is one of the killer apps of the rich internet applications, even if they every now and again squeak that this isn’t supposed to be that, that it’s supposed to be a cross platform development environment – people will want to watch youtube on their phones, too.”
“The Bursar's company, although quite harmless, had a habit of making one's brain squeak.”
“The plane is decked out with a comfy bed with springs that do not squeak, which is more more comfortable than fumbling around in a cubicle the size of a broom cupboard.”
“It's best to use the OLPC etoys image of etoys squeak, which is now superior to the version on the squeakland site: install instructions here This tutorial matches the OLPC image version of etoys, it would be hard to follow all the detail of it if using the Squeakland version.”
“And your sister-in-law, I think all she knows of you is the squeak, that is what I was saying before.”
“I. Day, tall, and thin, and gaunt, with a hatchet face, who looked as if a squeak was his vocal limit, had”
“And there are even languages/environments meant to be easy to use and learn, such as squeak, which coincidentally ships with the OLPC program – since one of the main OLPC guys is one of the main squeak guys.”
“Fresh curds are usually buttery and mildly sour in flavor, and springy in texture with a tell-tale "squeak" when you bite into them.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘squeak’.
Words for Talking
( open list, randomness )
words (seemingly) formed in imitation of a natural sound
words that describe sound
Animal sounds in different languages, and the verbs that specify them.
Since Georgetown took down their page, the current definitive website for this information is:
"These are talking words," I announce. "You mean verbs that can be used for dialogue?" you ask. "That's right!" I agree.
Whimpering, wailing words...
All those fun words that begin with squ-. Be careful; this list is hard to read without some serious eye-crossage.
with sound effects.
limited to non-onomatopoeic words
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