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creep

verb \ ˈkrēp \

Definition of creep

crept play \ˈkrept\; creeping
intransitive verb
1 a :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.
2 a :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.
3 :to have the sensation of being covered with creeping things
  • The thought made his flesh creep.
4 of a plant :to spread or grow over a surface rooting at intervals or clinging with tendrils, stems, or aerial roots
5 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of creep

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


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creep

noun

Definition of creep

1 :a movement of or like creeping
  • traffic moving at a creep
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 :a feed trough accessible only by young animals and used especially to supply special or supplementary feed called also creep feeder
4 :the slow change of dimensions of an object from prolonged exposure to high temperature or stress
5 :an unpleasant or obnoxious person
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.

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Origin and Etymology of creep

see 1creep

creep Synonyms

Synonyms
bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, jerk, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin
Related Words
barbarian, brute, caveman, Neanderthal, savage; loudmouth, vulgarian; lowlife, miscreant, rascal, rogue, roughneck, scab, scamp, scoundrel, villain, wretch; booby, doofus [slang], fool, jackass, nincompoop, ninny, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, schmo (or schmoe) [slang]; airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, dink [slang], dolt, dope, dork [slang], goon, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, turkey; brat, insolent, nuisance, pest, snip; snob, snoot, snot; dweeb [slang], nerd
Near Antonyms
hero, heroine, idol, role model; gentleman, lady; angel, saint


CREEP Defined for English Language Learners

creep

verb

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


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

verb \ ˈkrēp \

Definition of creep for Students

crept \ˈkrept\; creeping
1 :to move along with the body close to the ground or floor :move slowly on hands and knees :crawl
2 :to move or advance slowly, timidly, or quietly
  • Moving quietly, I crept halfway down the stairs and listened.
  • —Avi, Crispin
3 :to grow or spread along the ground or along a surface
  • Ivy was creeping up a wall.

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creep

noun

Definition of creep for Students

1 :a strange or unlikable person
2 :a slow, timid, or quiet movement
3 :a feeling of nervousness or fear usually used in pl.
  • Spiders give me the creeps.


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