creek

noun \ ˈkrēk , ˈkrik \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of creek

1 chiefly British :a small inlet or bay narrower and extending farther inland than a cove
2 :a natural stream of water normally smaller than and often tributary to a river
3 archaic :a narrow or winding passage
up the creek
:in a difficult or perplexing situation

Examples of creek in a Sentence

  1. The children waded in the creek.

  2. The coast is dotted with tiny creeks.

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Origin and Etymology of creek

Middle English crike, creke, from Old Norse -kriki bend

creek Synonyms

Synonyms
beck [British], bourn (or bourne), brook, brooklet, burn [British], gill [British], rill, rivulet, run [chiefly Midland], runlet, runnel, streamlet
Related Words
arroyo, billabong [Australian], fresh, freshet, runoff; bayou, coulee, slough (also slew or slue), stream, wash; canal, channel, cut, cutoff, gut, kill, millrace, millstream, race, watercourse, waterway; affluent, branch, confluent, distributary, influent, tributary

Creek

noun \ ˈkrēk \

Definition of Creek

1 :an American Indian confederacy of peoples chiefly of Muskogean stock of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
2 :a member of any of the Creek peoples
3 :the Muskogean language of the Creek Indians

First Known Use of creek

1725


CREEK Defined for English Language Learners

creek

noun

Definition of creek for English Language Learners

  • : a small stream


CREEK Defined for Kids

creek

noun \ ˈkrēk , ˈkrik \

Definition of creek for Students

:a stream of water usually larger than a brook and smaller than a river

Creek

noun \ ˈkrēk \

Definition of Creek for Students

1 :a confederacy of American Indian people once occupying most of Alabama and Georgia
2 :the language of the Creek people


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