creep·​er | \ ˈkrē-pər How to pronounce creeper (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web With an oxpecker guard, however, the animals detected a human creeper 100 percent of the time at a much larger 61-meter (200 feet) range. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Rhinos pay a painful price for oxpecker protection," 16 Apr. 2020 Singles, creepers and philanderers alike are casting their nets and sliding into DMs far and wide, desperately seeking a reply. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Dating app etiquette in a time of quarantine," 5 Apr. 2020 Though a tiny fraction of the population can actually get a rash from creeper (just like poison ivy), a rash isn’t the worst this plant can dish out. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "13 Toxic Wild Plants That Look Like Food," 13 Aug. 2019 The dandy, the flâneur, even the creeper weren’t solutions so much as doomed attempts to make do, for a time—as a stopgap, not a permanent remedy, which is how the doctrine was inadvertently received. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "It Doesn’t Matter If Anyone Exists or Not," 24 Feb. 2020 The porous limestone walls are laced with thick brown arteries of twigs and creepers; below it, the ground teems with large ants and dark-blue millipedes which dart through the dirt. 1843, "The fight to preserve a 44,000-year-old painting," 20 Feb. 2020 Minecraft players of all ages can gather in real life to build together, battle creepers and compete in convention-exclusive matches and tournaments in a free play area. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "10 fun things to do the week of Feb. 21-27 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 20 Feb. 2020 Kurt Cobain-esque red and black knits were layered over foaming tiered skirts and paired with two-inch high creepers, while models were given greasy bangs that covered one eye to amp up the teen-spirit feel. Georgia Murray,, "Tulle & Teen Spirit At Molly Goddard’s London Fashion Week Show," 18 Feb. 2020 The youngest Hadid sister celebrated her 23rd birthday with a tactical rainy day look, featuring knee-high socks and low-top, chunky creepers from Dr. Martens. Erin Parker, Glamour, "5 Unexpected Combat Boot Outfits You’ll Want to Copy Immediately," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of creeper

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

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“Creeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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)


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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


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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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