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)

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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 In 2002, local journalists covered the story of a 4-acre sinkhole at northwest Georgia’s Plant Bowen, which released over 2 million gallons of arsenic-laced ash and water into a nearby creek. Max Blau, ProPublica, "The Coal Plant Next Door," 22 Mar. 2021 One of those spills, a 2010 release of more than 1 million gallons of sludgy tar sand soil into a Michigan creek polluted a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River. Dylan Lovan, Star Tribune, "Feds release investigative docs on Kentucky pipeline blast," 12 Mar. 2021 Someone had tossed a sandwich baggie into the creek. T. Edward Nickens, Outdoor Life, "Fishing Etiquette 101: How to Be a Responsible Angler on Your Home Waters," 8 Mar. 2021 The kids said the dog had run away from its owner and into the creek. John Benson, cleveland, "Resident wakes up just in time to watch unlocked Toyota with fob inside stolen from driveway: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 25 Nov. 2020 And the creek crossed by the trail is a great spot to hunt for fossils. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "It's almost spring! Here are 8 places to hike in and around Louisville to find wildflowers," 12 Mar. 2021 All Chung wants is for every part of his film, from the storytelling to the performances, to linger in a way that proves art’s resilience—like, say, a weed growing along the banks of a creek, flourishing in spite of everything. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Invisible Stars of Asian Movies," 3 Mar. 2021 Their construction resulted in the blockage of the creek. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, "American Shad, Our ‘Founding Fish,’ Returns to its Home Waters After 300 Years," 24 Feb. 2021 It’s in a three-block section of the creek, from Houston Street to Nueva Street, that’s under construction. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "City seeks public's opinion on design options at San Pedro Creek historic site in downtown San Antonio," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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4 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Creek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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