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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a creaky national telephone system
▪ He kept his jeans and sweaters in a plastic suitcase under the creaky bed.
▪ I descend the narrow, creaky staircase and notice another public-service-law-oriented program on the lower floors.
▪ When they are successful a bell rings and a mechanical buddha lights up and makes a creaky obeisance.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

creaky \creaky\ adj.

  1. worn down with age or use; in poor condition.

    Syn: decrepit, flea-bitten, run-down, rundown, woebegone.

  2. producing a rasping or grating sound under some circumsatance; as, they were alerted by the creaky stairs; my creaky kitchen door needs oiling.

    Syn: creaking, screaky.

  3. aching when flexed; -- of body parts; as, my creaky old joints.

    Syn: arthritic, rheumatic, rheumatoid.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1834, from creak + -y (2). Related: Creakily; creakiness.


a. 1 Tending to creak 2 Worn down by overuse; decrepit 3 arthritic or rheumatic 4 (context linguistics English) Of or relating to a special kind of phonation in which the arytenoid cartilages in the larynx are drawn together, compressing the vocal folds.

  1. adj. worn and broken down by hard use; "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack" [syn: decrepit, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone]

  2. having a rasping or grating sound; "they were alerted by the creaking gate"; "creaky stairs" [syn: creaking, screaky]

  3. of or pertaining to arthritis; "my creaky old joints"; "rheumy with age and grief" [syn: arthritic, rheumatic, rheumatoid, rheumy]


Usage examples of "creaky".

Her spine was sore and creaky from having reclined all night on the moss-covered rocks.

He walked up the creaky unpainted steps and knocked on the rectory door.

Nervous, he sat in a creaky seat and realized that all the other boys had followed his instincts, staying apart from each other.

The royal caravan was crossing something called Spurifon Bridge, a weatherbeaten, disturbingly creaky wooden span that could well have been five thousand years old.

He thought about what a large, old, creaky structure Vorkosigan House really was.

A sudden gust, sweeping around the old house, battering the creaky walls and pressing the ancient beams that supported Haldrew Hall.

Knowing that Harry was on the second floor, The Shadow would naturally come up, outside, rather than have his agent risk a creaky trip down the stairs.

We followed him slowly, Karol, and the wooden stairs, both creaky and arthritic.

It took him an eternity7 to bend his creaky knee before her, and once he had he could not rise again until Ser Osmund jerked him to his feet.

It took him an eternity to bend his creaky knee before her, and once he had he could not rise again until Ser Osmund jerked him to his feet.

The wind nearly put the lamp out, but a minute later we were safe inside the passage that led up flights of creaky wooden stairs towards the world of tenantless attics overhead.

Lo Manto wheeled through the door and led Jennifer toward the rear and a worn and creaky elevator.

Petro had never mentioned an outstationed unit, though we were a long way from the creaky patrol house, so it did seem a good idea.

Who could tell anyhow with my kerflooey cycles, since I was usually some version of pre- or postmenstrual, spotting or clotting, at the mercy of my perimenopausally creaky plumbing.

The Kowaskis, an elderly couple, and their creaky schnauzer had lived there for fifteen years.