Definitions for: Squeak


[n] something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
[n] a short high-pitched noise; "the squeak of of shoes on powdery snow"
[v] make a high-pitched, screeching noise, as of a door



Webster (1913) Definition: Squeak, v. i. [imp.& p. p. Squaked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Squeaking.] [Probably of imitative origin; cf. Sw.
sqv["a]ka to croak, Icel. skvakka to give a sound as of water
shaken in a bottle.]
1. 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.

Who can endure to hear one of the rough old Romans
squeaking through the mouth of an eunuch? --Addison.

Zoilus calls the companions of Ulysses the
``squeaking pigs'' of Homer. --Pope.

2. To break silence or secrecy for fear of pain or
punishment; to speak; to confess. [Colloq.]



If he be obstinate, put a civil question to him upon the
rack, and he squeaks, I warrant him. --Dryden.


Squeak, n.
A sharp, shrill, disagreeable sound suddenly utered, 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.

Synonyms: close call, close shave, creak, narrow escape, screak, screech, skreak, squeaker

See Also: accomplishment, achievement, make noise, noise, noise, resound

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