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


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.

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Investigators said Coulter crossed the center line, left the road, struck a guardrail, went down an embankment and came to rest in a creek bed. Cameron Knight,, "Police identify man killed in Anderson Township crash," 14 July 2019 And at any cost, avoid scooping water from ditches and creek beds. Woman's Day, "Why I Abandoned Tough Love Instead of My Child," 1 July 2016 Beyond the creek, AT&T Stadium can be seen from almost any point on the property. Dallas News, "'A resort in the middle of Arlington': Live! by Loews Hotel is ready for its debut," 22 Aug. 2019 Dateline spoke with Sheriff David Lucas, who had been a deputy at the time, and on the scene at the creek that day. NBC News, "Daughter determined to find justice for Ohio mother, Kerry Melnick, found dead 36 years ago," 15 Aug. 2019 Ohio's state veterinarian said that the crocodile was probably a pet left at the creek by its owner A church group in Ohio was in for a scary surprise this week after heading to a local park. Ashley Boucher,, "7-Foot Crocodile Swims in Ohio Creek While Children Play: 'We Had No Idea What Awaited Us'," 15 Aug. 2019 Deputies said Cashmareck’s lab along the creek used flammable solvents to remove oils from marijuana plants to create a concentrated type of marijuana., "Jackson County wildfire caused by butane hash oil lab blast, officials say," 13 Aug. 2019 The lunch spot was a short hike in, across a carpet of spongy moss, down a slight hill and over a creek to a clearing of sky-eclipsing pine trees. Andrea Sachs,, "Forest to table: An invitation to a DIY dining adventure in Sweden," 12 Aug. 2019 The hike starts on a red dirt path along the banks of Kanarra Creek before veering into the stony creek bed. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Instagram-famous Kanarra Falls allows 150 hikers daily. Here's how to get a permit," 1 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of creek

US : a small stream


\ 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


\ 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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