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’
    • ‘He slowly crept up the creaky wooden stairs to the moldy second floor hallway.’
    • ‘It didn't sound like the creaky door, or even footsteps on the dusty floor.’
    • ‘I ignored the eyes that followed us as we descended the creaky stairs, but my hands clutched slightly tighter.’
    • ‘Jacob ascended the creaky stairs on his way to Peter's apartment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I head up the creaky stairs that scream silently in my ears.’
    • ‘Aimee walked down the creaky stairs and raised her eyebrows.’
    • ‘In the middle of her pacing, she heard creaky sounds coming from outside.’
    • ‘There was a creaky sound and then the mesh door swung open.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘I made my way painfully along the small hallway and down the creaky stairs towards the front door.’
    • ‘Are the doors closing with a ‘click’ sound or making creaky noises?’
    • ‘To the left were old creaky looking stairs, going to the second floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Muscles groaned as they were used one more time, and his creaky voice almost didn't make it out.’
      • ‘The world sounded with the creaky, whispery voices of the trees and the low, grating language of the stones, and all was well.’
      • ‘The thing's creaky voice was a cross between nails on a blackboard and a door that seriously needed oiling.’
      • ‘‘You know that I started this town, men,’ he said in his creaky old voice.’
      • ‘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.’
      harsh, grating, jarring, raspy, discordant, dissonant, scratchy
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  • 2Old-fashioned or decrepit.

    ‘the country's creaky legal system’
    • ‘It's feeling a little old and decrepit and creaky.’
    • ‘Declan pushed her into a creaky old elevator, holding her tightly as it started moving upwards.’
    • ‘I waited an hour in a line that didn't move in the creaky airport in Accra.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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