• The sound produced by anything that creaks; a creaking.


  • To make a prolonged sharp grating or squeaking sound, as by the friction of hard substances.
  • To produce a creaking sound with.
  • To suffer from strain or old age.


  • From Middle English creken, criken, metathesis of Old English cearcian, from Proto-West Germanic *krakōn, from Proto-Germanic *krakōną, from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂-, ultimately of imitative origin.
  • Compare also Old English crǣccettan, crācettan, Albanian grykë ("throat"). More at crack.

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