verb \ˈkrēp\

: to move slowly with the body close to the ground

: to move slowly and quietly especially in order to not be noticed

: to go or seem to go very slowly

crept \ˈkrept\ creep·ing

Full Definition of CREEP

intransitive verb
a :  to move along with the body prone and close to the ground
b :  to move slowly on hands and knees
a :  to go very slowly <the hours crept by>
b :  to go timidly or cautiously so as to escape notice <she crept away from the festive scene>
c :  to enter or advance gradually so as to be almost unnoticed <age creeps up on us> <a note of irritation crept into her voice>
:  to have the sensation of being covered with creeping things <the thought made his flesh creep>
of a plant :  to spread or grow over a surface rooting at intervals or clinging with tendrils, stems, or aerial roots
a :  to slip or gradually shift position
b :  to change shape permanently from prolonged stress or exposure to high temperatures

Examples of CREEP

  1. She crept toward the edge of the roof and looked over.
  2. I caught him creeping down the stairs to the kitchen.
  3. She crept into bed next to her sleeping husband.
  4. The hours crept by as we waited for morning.
  5. a train creeping through the town
  6. The price of gasoline has crept back up to three dollars a gallon.
  7. A few mistakes crept in during the last revision of the paper.
  8. new words creeping into the language

Origin of CREEP

Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan; akin to Old Norse krjūpa to creep
First Known Use: before 12th century



: a strange person who you strongly dislike

the creeps : an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or fear

Full Definition of CREEP

:  a movement of or like creeping <traffic moving at a creep>
:  a distressing sensation like that caused by the creeping of insects over one's flesh; especially :  a feeling of apprehension or horror —usually used in plural with the <that gives me the creeps>
:  a feed trough accessible only by young animals and used especially to supply special or supplementary feed —called also creep feeder
:  the slow change of dimensions of an object from prolonged exposure to high temperature or stress
:  an unpleasant or obnoxious person
:  a slow but persistent increase or elevation <this political inertia … makes budget creep inevitable — Wall Street Journal>

Examples of CREEP

  1. I get the creeps every time he walks by.
  2. I hate snakes. They give me the creeps.
  3. That guy gives me the creeps.

First Known Use of CREEP


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