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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The trails run alongside creeks and remnants of an old apple orchard. Merritt Watts, WSJ, "An Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley—100% Cliche-Free," 3 Oct. 2018 And in some counties, all the way up to 40 inches which is creating these rivers and creeks to rise and flood our roads and homes and communities. Fox News, "Diamond and Silk ride out the storm in North Carolina," 15 Sep. 2018 The rainy spring flushed the creeks and rivers and salinity levels are unusually low. Tim Prudente,, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 2018 Oh, to live on that Big Rock Candy Mountain, with no borders, or border cops, and the lemonade creeks and the cigarette trees. John Kass,, "It's a bad week to be a Democratic boss," 27 June 2018 That’s 26 miles each way through an easy-rolling countryside quilted with corn, soy, pepper and asparagus fields and criss-crossed with creeks and rivers with names like Cohansey. Kevin Riordan,, "'This isn't Cherry Hill. This is the real South Jersey.' Rambling along Route 49 on the way to the Shore," 9 June 2018 Small streams and creeks may overflow their banks in a few instances, and inundation of low-lying areas will probably occur. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "From Houston to Corpus Christi, torrential rain may fall at times for days," 18 June 2018 These trails are located along the many creeks and streams throughout our community. Ed Barnhart - Special To The Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "Embarrassing: Charlotte is at the bottom of another study," 4 June 2018 The community is covered in streams, creeks and lakes that are packed and stocked with tens of thousands of fun, fighting fish. Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News, "Keep calm and fish on," 2 May 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

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


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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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