creep·​er | \ˈkrē-pər \

Definition of creeper 

1 : one that creeps: such as

a : a creeping plant

b : a bird (as of the family Certhiidae) that creeps about on trees or bushes searching for insects

c : a creeping insect or reptile

2 : any of various devices used for creeping: such as

a : a fixture with iron points worn on the shoe to prevent slipping

b : a low wheeled platform for supporting the body when working under an automobile

3 : a usually one-piece garment for a child at the crawling age

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The moss-like Corsican mint is an attractive creeper, good between paving stones or in the rock garden. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden," 22 Aug. 2018 Another example would be Opening Ceremony x Tevas, which produced colorful creepers or Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock, which produced rhinestone encrusted Birks (wallflowers need not apply). Liz Raiss, GQ, "This Summer's Best Sandals Got the Big Ugly Sneaker Treatment," 4 July 2018 But contrary to a shoddy slew of Lifetime movies, most online daters aren't creepers, psychos or stalkers. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "I’m ready to start dating again, but dating apps terrify me. Where do I go from here?," 3 Mar. 2018 Corsican mint is an attractive creeper, good between paving stones or in the rock garden. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Mint," 28 Mar. 2016 Scotch moss, Corsican mint, mondo grass and blue star creeper can all be walked on without a problem as well. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Easy-To-Grow Plants You Should Plant This Spring," 1 Mar. 2018 That’s fleece, that’s T-shirts, that’s creepers and onesies—everything except hard goods and headwear. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, "The Monumental Task of Getting Eagles Fans (and Players) Their Super Bowl Champion Merch," 5 Feb. 2018 The eight-acre maze includes a mini-maze for smaller Minecraft enthusiasts, and when the sun goes down, the fog rolls in for the Foggy Bottom Haunted Maze, with scary music and creepers who go bump in the night. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Get lost in 10 unusual corn mazes around the USA," 27 Oct. 2017 The mother-daughter duo dressed casually for the presentation, with Kate in a black jumpsuit and olive green booties, and Lila Grace youthful plaid pants, a leather jacket, white tee, and black creepers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss' Daughter Makes Her London Fashion Week Front Row Debut," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of creeper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of creeper

: a plant that grows along the ground or up surfaces (such as trees or walls)


creep·​er | \ˈkrē-pər \

Kids Definition of creeper

1 : a person or animal that moves slowly, timidly, or quietly

2 : a small bird that creeps about trees and bushes in search of insects

3 : a plant (as ivy) that grows by spreading over a surface


creep·​er | \ˈkrē-pər \

Medical Definition of creeper 

1 : a genetic anomaly of the domestic fowl marked by shortening and thickening of the long bones in the heterozygote and completely lethal when homozygous

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a nest or breeding place

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