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creep

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verb \ˈkrēp\

Definition of creep

crept

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creeping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to move along with the body prone and close to the ground A spider was creeping along the bathroom floor.b :  to move slowly on hands and knees He crept toward the edge of the cliff.

  3. 2a :  to go very slowly The hours crept by.b :  to go timidly or cautiously so as to escape notice She crept away from the festive scene.c :  to enter or advance gradually so as to be almost unnoticed Age creeps up on us. A note of irritation crept into her voice.

  4. 3 :  to have the sensation of being covered with creeping things The thought made his flesh creep.

  5. 4 of a plant :  to spread or grow over a surface rooting at intervals or clinging with tendrils, stems, or aerial roots

  6. 5a :  to slip or gradually shift position The high temperatures of the jet engine cause the turbine blade to creep.b :  to change shape permanently from prolonged stress or exposure to high temperatures

Examples of creep in a sentence

  1. She crept toward the edge of the roof and looked over.

  2. I caught him creeping down the stairs to the kitchen.

  3. She crept into bed next to her sleeping husband.

  4. The hours crept by as we waited for morning.

  5. a train creeping through the town

  6. The price of gasoline has crept back up to three dollars a gallon.

  7. A few mistakes crept in during the last revision of the paper.

  8. new words creeping into the language

Origin and Etymology of creep

Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan; akin to Old Norse krjūpa to creep


First Known Use: before 12th century


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creep

noun

Definition of creep

  1. 1 :  a movement of or like creeping traffic moving at a creep

  2. 2 :  a distressing sensation like that caused by the creeping of insects over one's flesh; especially :  a feeling of apprehension or horror —usually used in plural with the That gives me the creeps.

  3. 3 :  a feed trough accessible only by young animals and used especially to supply special or supplementary feed —called also creep feeder

  4. 4 :  the slow change of dimensions of an object from prolonged exposure to high temperature or stress

  5. 5 :  an unpleasant or obnoxious person

  6. 6 :  a slow but persistent increase or elevation This political inertia … makes budget creep inevitable. — The Wall Street Journal

Examples of creep in a sentence

  1. I get the creeps every time he walks by.

  2. I hate snakes. They give me the creeps.

  3. That guy gives me the creeps.

Origin and Etymology of creep

see 1creep


First Known Use: 1818



CREEP Defined for English Language Learners

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creep

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verb \ˈkrēp\

Definition of creep for English Language Learners

  • : to move slowly with the body close to the ground

  • : to move slowly and quietly especially in order to not be noticed

  • : to go or seem to go very slowly


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creep

noun

Definition of creep for English Language Learners

  • : a strange person who you strongly dislike

  • the creeps : an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or fear


CREEP Defined for Kids

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creep

play
verb \ˈkrēp\

Definition of creep for Students

crept

\ˈkrept\;

creeping

  1. 1 :  to move along with the body close to the ground or floor :  move slowly on hands and knees :  crawl

  2. 2 :  to move or advance slowly, timidly, or quietly Moving quietly, I crept halfway down the stairs and listened. — Avi, Crispin

  3. 3 :  to grow or spread along the ground or along a surface Ivy was creeping up a wall.


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creep

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noun

Definition of creep for Students

  1. 1 :  a strange or unlikable person

  2. 2 :  a slow, timid, or quiet movement

  3. 3 :  a feeling of nervousness or fear —usually used in pl. Spiders give me the creeps.



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