noun (1)
\ˈkrēk, ˈkrik \

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


noun (2)
\ˈkrēk \

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)

brook, brooklet, rill, rivulet, run [chiefly Midland], 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.

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The Burketts' 15-year-old son Keenan and 12-year-old daughter Josilyn take their brother Mastin to look for crawfish in the creek behind their new home. Jennifer Griffin, Fox News, "Marine vet gets smart home (and independence) from Gary Sinise Foundation," 4 July 2018 The town sits below steep hills at the convergence of four creeks that flow into the Patapsco. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, "Ellicott City will rebuild, but difficult decisions lie ahead," 1 June 2018 At Lewis Smith, the striper spawn is ending, and the fish are moving back out of the creeks and rivers toward the main lake--a return to standard tactics of slow-trolling live shad at 40 feet and more is now the best bet. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 12 Apr. 2018 One of the creeks that flows into the Wulik is the Red Dog, which begins near the Red Dog Mine. National Geographic, "America’s Most Toxic Town Is Not Where You Think," 21 Feb. 2018 Biologists will continue to evaluate the situation before determining future stocking efforts in the lake and creek. Nancy Daly,, "Fish moved from lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site," 4 July 2018 Also, the city was named for the many trees around the area’s creeks. 2: False. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Test your knowledge of local history," 3 July 2018 Those who want calm can wade in the shallow creek area farther away from the falls, while the more adventurous can swim in the deeper parts or even dare to walk along the rocks underneath the falls. Hillary Speed,, "In Western North Carolina: Do go chasing waterfalls," 26 June 2018 At the Beaver Creek Golf Club, one of the longest established golf courses in Vail Valley, the green is surrounded by towering pine trees, cascading creeks and elevated tees—one of the most coveted courses in the Colorado mountains. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 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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English Language Learners Definition of creek

: a small stream


\ˈkrēk, ˈkrik\

Kids Definition of creek

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


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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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