creaky

Something that's creaky makes a groaning or scraping sound. If your front door is creaky, its hinges might need to be oiled.

The sound of footsteps on a creaky wood floor, or climbing your creaky stairs, can be spooky at night. You can also describe a hoarse or high-pitched voice as creaky, and your grandfather might sigh, "Oh, these creaky old knees," when he stands up. Creaky describes the grating sound, and also the worn out or run-down nature of old things or people. It comes from creak, which is imitative — its sound suggests its meaning.

Primary Meanings of creaky

1.
adj
having a rasping or grating sound
2.
adj
worn and broken down by hard use
Full Definitions of creaky
1

adj having a rasping or grating sound

creaky stairs”
Synonyms:
screaky
noisy
full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds
2

adj worn and broken down by hard use

“a creaky shack”
Synonyms:
decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone
worn
affected by wear; damaged by long use

adj of or pertaining to arthritis

“my creaky old joints”
Synonyms:
arthritic, rheumatic, rheumatoid, rheumy
unhealthy
not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

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