creeper

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noun 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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First Known Use of creeper

before 12th century


CREEPER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of creeper for English Language Learners

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


CREEPER Defined for Kids

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noun creep·er \ ˈkrē-pər \

Definition of creeper for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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noun 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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