Definition of creaky in English:



  • 1Making or liable to make a creaking sound when being moved or when pressure is applied.

    ‘I climbed the creaky stairs’
    • ‘I ignored the eyes that followed us as we descended the creaky stairs, but my hands clutched slightly tighter.’
    • ‘I head up the creaky stairs that scream silently in my ears.’
    • ‘I enjoyed having this historic house to myself, complete with creaky floorboards, winding stairs, several portraits and all the original door handles.’
    • ‘Careful to avoid making too much noise as I crept up the creaky stairs, I made my way to the one area of the flat that I'd not yet been: Tristan's quarters.’
    • ‘There was a creaky sound and then the mesh door swung open.’
    • ‘As she walked up the old creaky stairs a sound caught Elizabeth's ears: the sound of a flutelike instrument playing a soft unfamiliar melody.’
    • ‘To the left were old creaky looking stairs, going to the second floor.’
    • ‘Aimee walked down the creaky stairs and raised her eyebrows.’
    • ‘Then there were sounds like soft footfalls which started in the area of the tower, then moved across the creaky boards of the attic.’
    • ‘The creaky sound of the blocks rubbing together and the icy, stale air that surrounded the seaside still remain a vague childhood memory in my head.’
    • ‘He slowly crept up the creaky wooden stairs to the moldy second floor hallway.’
    • ‘I looked to the left, the creaky stairs and the door shut tight.’
    • ‘As soon as she was dressed, Adrianna walked down the creaky stairs and into the living room.’
    • ‘Are the doors closing with a ‘click’ sound or making creaky noises?’
    • ‘The play, which runs until January 8, tells the story of an American family who move into a creaky old hall only to discover that they are not alone.’
    • ‘The stairs were dark and creaky, but when they reached the bottom, the children found themselves in a clean, well-lit room lined with dozens of large heated aquariums.’
    • ‘Jacob ascended the creaky stairs on his way to Peter's apartment.’
    • ‘In the middle of her pacing, she heard creaky sounds coming from outside.’
    • ‘I made my way painfully along the small hallway and down the creaky stairs towards the front door.’
    • ‘It didn't sound like the creaky door, or even footsteps on the dusty floor.’
    aching, achy, painful
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    1. 1.1 (of a voice) producing a harsh, high-pitched sound.
      ‘‘We don't know, do we’, he said, creaky with self-restraint’
      • ‘The thing's creaky voice was a cross between nails on a blackboard and a door that seriously needed oiling.’
      • ‘Despite the fact the volume has to be cranked for anything at all to be heard, dialogue comes through fine, but the score sounds creaky and shrill.’
      • ‘Muscles groaned as they were used one more time, and his creaky voice almost didn't make it out.’
      • ‘‘You know that I started this town, men,’ he said in his creaky old voice.’
      • ‘The world sounded with the creaky, whispery voices of the trees and the low, grating language of the stones, and all was well.’
      harsh, grating, jarring, raspy, discordant, dissonant, scratchy
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  • 2Old-fashioned or decrepit.

    ‘the country's creaky legal system’
    • ‘The creaky machinery of the legal thriller makes you yearn for a big payoff - but no one, except poor Sheila, goes to jail.’
    • ‘Outside London, no professional police force was in place and the mechanisms of control available to the authorities were old-fashioned and creaky.’
    • ‘Declan pushed her into a creaky old elevator, holding her tightly as it started moving upwards.’
    • ‘It's feeling a little old and decrepit and creaky.’
    • ‘I waited an hour in a line that didn't move in the creaky airport in Accra.’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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