She crept toward the edge of the roof and looked over.
I caught him creeping down the stairs to the kitchen.
She crept into bed next to her sleeping husband.
The hours crept by as we waited for morning.
a train creeping through the town
The price of gasoline has crept back up to three dollars a gallon.
A few mistakes crept in during the last revision of the paper.
new words creeping into the language Noun
I get the creeps every time he walks by.
I hate snakes. They give me the creeps.
That guy gives me the creeps. See More
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Also double-check that prices have not crept back up since the event started.—WIRED, 20 Sep. 2023 Early starts to catch the game before the heat of the day, and evening drives to find them as the shadows creep in and the hunts begin.—Sophie Morgan, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Sep. 2023 As Halloween creeps toward us, networks and streamers are launching their spooky programming to scare you.—Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 19 Sep. 2023 Their influence has even crept past the boundaries of country music.—Vulture, 18 Sep. 2023 And now flood insurance is creeping up as well, which is hitting people in the poorest neighborhoods particularly hard, according to a recent study by New Orleans’ city officials.—Leslie Kaufman, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2023 The crisp air is starting to creep in, calling on us all to unpack our warm mittens, fuzzy hats, and oversized sweaters to enjoy the changing of the season.—Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 2023 Thick foliage creeps from all directions, an oppressive garland of tropical fronds in electric, icey aquamarine; veins of blood-purple snake throughout.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2023 And with better protection from the offensive line, which allowed Watson to be sacked 20 times in 2022, Watson can excel and maybe Nick Chubb can creep closer to the NFL’s rushing title.—Irie Harris, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2023
Rossi is in no way noncommittal, though, about Stella’s mental and emotional state, which has been worn raw by years of managing the whims of an abusive creep.—Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2023 This isn't too much of a shocker, though, as the camera module creep has been real for several years now.—Iyaz Akhtar, PCMAG, 4 Aug. 2023 Nonetheless, Roland said, the beetles’ northward creep in recent years over the broad, higher-elevation area known as Broad Pass was a bit of a surprise to him.—Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2023 Donald Trump’s political career began with the sense that a number of unsavory characters had breached the system: grifters, con men, racists, creeps.—Alex Shephard, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 Phelan and Rater are able to answer many questions about what the not-instantaneous creep of Nazi horrors looked like in Amsterdam.—Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 May 2023 In some ways, Anohni sees the mere fact of making an album today as an act of resistance—against the slow, insidious creep of technology into every aspect of our daily lives, and the overwhelming daily onslaught of the attention economy.—Liam Hess, Vogue, 31 July 2023 One of the most effective ways to address care creep is to think deliberately and to make conscious choices.—Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, 11 July 2023 Doesn’t matter as long as the drooling creep with requisite glasses and pervert mustache gets his head slammed against a table once more.—Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan; akin to Old Norse krjūpa to creep
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a