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

Examples of creeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fight persistently as the creeper that brings down the tree. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "How I Cook When I'm Impatient For Spring," 11 Apr. 2021 Even her sneakers elevate to Jasmine creeper platforms from the Browns Wishbone collection. Fawnia Soo Hoo,, "Lana Candor Wears Aritzia, Forever 21 & Lots Of Vintage In To All the Boys 3," 12 Feb. 2021 Quickly and easily transform it into a handheld sucking up stair dust, or use it as a crevice-creeper in the car and on the sofa. Cortne Bonilla,, "You Can Save Up To $150 On Cult-Favorite Dyson Vacuums," 23 Nov. 2020 But his pointy creeper dress shoes by Berluti and messy bedhead helped make the fit feel cool and current. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jaden Smith and Machine Gun Kelly Were the Best Dressed Guys at the VMAs," 31 Aug. 2020 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

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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 6 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce creeper (audio) \

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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