squeak

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Squeak \Squeak\ (skw[=e]k), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Squeaked} (skw[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squeaking}.] [Probably of imitative origin; cf. Sw. sqv[aum]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.]

Syn: squeal.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Squeak \Squeak\, noun A sharp, shrill, disagreeable sound suddenly uttered, 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

squeak

noun

1: a short high-pitched noise; "the squeak of shoes on powdery snow"

2: something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin [syn: {close call}, {close shave}, {squeak}, {squeaker}, {narrow escape}]

verb

1: make a high-pitched, screeching noise; "The door creaked when I opened it slowly"; "My car engine makes a whining noise" [syn: {whine}, {squeak}, {screech}, {creak}, {screak}, {skreak}]


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