creaky

creaky
creak|y [ˈkri:ki] adj
1.) something such as a door, floor, or bed that is creaky creaks when you open it, walk on it, sit on it etc, especially because it is old and not in good condition
creaky stairs
2.) an organization, company etc that is creaky uses old-fashioned methods and does not work very well
creaky state-owned factories
>creakily adv
>creakiness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • creaky — 1834, from CREAK (Cf. creak) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • creaky — ► ADJECTIVE (creakier, creakiest) 1) making a creaking sound. 2) decrepit or dilapidated …   English terms dictionary

  • creaky — [krēk′ē] adj. creakier, creakiest creaking or apt to creak creakily adv. creakiness n …   English World dictionary

  • creaky — [[t]kri͟ːki[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A creaky object creaks when it moves. She pushed open a creaky door. 2) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as creaky, you think it is bad in some way because it is old or old fashioned. ...its creaky and corrupt… …   English dictionary

  • creaky — adjective (creakier; est) Date: 1834 1. marked by creaking ; squeaky < creaky shoes > 2. showing signs of deterioration or decrepitude < a creaky old house > < a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • creaky — creakily, adv. creakiness, n. /kree kee/, adj., creakier, creakiest. 1. creaking or apt to creak: a creaky stairway. 2. run down; dilapidated: a creaky shack. 3. Phonet. (of the voice) produced by vibration of a small portion of the vocal cords… …   Universalium

  • creaky — adj. Creaky is used with these nouns: ↑elevator, ↑floorboard …   Collocations dictionary

  • creaky — creak|y [ kriki ] adjective 1. ) making a creaking sound 2. ) no longer working well or in good condition: The whole court system is becoming more creaky and inefficient …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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