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)

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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 At least five of the watercraft had been removed but as many as 30 more remained at the bottom of the creek. Jay Reeves, Anchorage Daily News, "Coroner: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children," 29 Jan. 2020 The majority was captured by winery pumps and drainpipes leading to vineyard ponds, as well as pumping of the creek by a third party company and Rodney Strong staff. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Sonoma Winery Spills Almost 100,000 Gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon," 24 Jan. 2020 Most of the area's amenities lie on the west side of the creek, while dozens of houses are on the east side. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "After fatal flood, Ducey asks federal government for Tonto Creek bridge funding," 8 Jan. 2020 With stunning mass, this giant was found along the edge of a creek with no visible signs of foul play. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Whitetails of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 The current of the flooded creek swept the military-style vehicle carrying the Rawlings downstream. CBS News, "Body found of 6-year-old girl swept away in floodwaters over Thanksgiving weekend," 13 Dec. 2019 The agency said Saturday two other children and two adults who were in the vehicle were rescued from a small island and the bank of the creek in Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix. Anita Snow, chicagotribune.com, "Powerful storm disrupts holiday travel, dumping heavy snow from California to northern Midwest," 30 Nov. 2019 The agency said Saturday two other children and two adults who were in the vehicle were rescued from a small island and the bank of the creek in Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix. Anita Snow, Twin Cities, "Powerful storm pushes into Midwest with heavy snow and winds," 30 Nov. 2019 The Gila County Sheriff's Office said Saturday two other children and two adults who were in the vehicle were rescued from a small island and the bank of the creek in Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix. Arkansas Online, "Wintry weather bedevils holiday weekend travelers around U.S.," 30 Nov. 2019

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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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1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creek. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for creek

creek

noun
How to pronounce Creek (audio) How to pronounce Creek (audio)

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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