creek

noun (1)
\ ˈkrēk How to pronounce creek (audio) , ˈkrik How to pronounce creek (audio) \

Definition of creek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Creek

noun (2)
\ ˈkrēk How to pronounce Creek (audio) \

Definition of Creek (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for creek

Synonyms: Noun (1)

beck [British], bourn (or bourne), brook, brooklet, burn [British], gill [British], rill, rivulet, run [chiefly Midland], runlet, runnel, streamlet

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Examples of creek in a Sentence

Noun (1)

The children waded in the creek. The coast is dotted with tiny creeks.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The main entrance of the school is over a footbridge and is bordered on both sides by a moat-like garden that turns into a creek in rainy weather. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 One case involved directly dumping wastewater into a creek. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 When the back-up unit arrived, the man jumped into the creek and disappeared, police said. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Man flees police traffic stop, dies in Wissahickon Creek," 11 July 2018 That’s why experts traveled into the San Gabriels this week to release 500 tadpoles, reared in the quiet confines of the L.A. Zoo, into a remote creek. latimes.com, "Today: If Roe Vs. Wade Is Overturned," 29 June 2018 However, there are several paths where frequent use loosens the soil, which then erodes and washes into the creek. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Fishing enthusiasts hooked on conservation," 26 June 2018 The snake actually got out of its container while police were relocating it, but eventually got out of the police car and made its way into a creek, WSPA reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Driver surprised by snake surrounding leg while driving," 21 June 2018 One case involved directly dumping wastewater into a creek. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 One case involved directly dumping wastewater into a creek. Time, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Is Slowly Returning To Normal. But Many Are Being Left Behind," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of creek

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creek

Noun (1)

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

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The first known use of creek was in the 13th century

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creek

noun

English Language Learners Definition of creek

US : a small stream

creek

noun
\ ˈkrēk How to pronounce creek (audio) , ˈkrik\

Kids Definition of creek

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

Creek

noun
\ ˈkrēk How to pronounce Creek (audio) \

Kids Definition of Creek

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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