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)

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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Sitting a little upriver was Lisa Slade of Street, who put her beach chair smack down in the middle of the creek. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford opens cooling centers at libraries; pools, creeks top places to beat the searing heat," 2 July 2018 The community orchard was a gift of the Victory Garden Initiative and was planted only about thee years ago on either side of a creek at 112th Street and Parnell Avenue. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Frustrated environmental-committee members resign. Now Hales Corners fruit and nut orchard is at risk," 18 June 2018 There are no woods too far out of play to avoid visiting, there is no trickle of a creek too tiny that your ball can’t drown in it. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty blog: A nickname changes nothing about the community. Good luck, Anderson.," 11 June 2018 SARA General Manager Suzanne Scott said the changes to the part of the creek known as the Plaza de Fundación are expected to be completed by June 21. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "Swimming barred, but is wading safe?," 10 June 2018 Joaquin Niemann, the 19-year-old from Chile, took the lead with a 50-foot eagle putt but fell back when his bid for another eagle attempt landed in a tiny corner of a meandering creek. Fox News, "Tiger Woods climbs leaderboard at Memorial Tournament, enters final round in contention," 3 June 2018 As Alyssa Giacobbe explains for Architectural Digest, that latest incarnation of the creek has turned the space into metaphor. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "The First Phase of San Antonio’s ‘Latino High Line’ Is Now Open," 1 June 2018 Doyle, 69, owns a 12-acre farm in Edneyville, on the other side of the creek. Bruce Henderson, Mark Price And Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Storm 'proving deadly': NC declares state of emergency as rivers hit record-high levels," 30 May 2018 Spin anglers can also participate on certain stretches of the creek. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Bait-dunkers: Warmwater species on the bite. Fly anglers: Popular fishery opens | Idaho Statesman," 25 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

: a small stream


\ˈkrēk, ˈkrik\

Kids Definition of creek

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


\ˈkrēk \

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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