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 Trumpet creeper has attractive tubular orange blooms and is drought-tolerant and pest-free. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 1 July 2022 But that still is an ongoing effort, Wright said, and park folks have cleared an additional 30 acres of creeper and honeysuckle since then. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Feb. 2022 Against Ohio State, Ojabo had to replace a blitzing inside linebacker in zone coverage on one creeper look. Jonas Shaffer,, 2 Feb. 2022 Really, though, the guy was apparently a manipulative creeper who is accused of abusing and harassing players. John Canzano, oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 Birds like the Kauai akialoa, the Maui akepa, and the Molokai creeper which were unique to their locations. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2021 Some of the other species proposed for delisting include Bachman's warbler, the flat pigtoe freshwater mussel and a Hawaiian bird known as the Molokai creeper. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021 Other birds from Hawaii listed as extinct are the Kauai nukupuu, the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, the large Kauai thrush, the Maui ākepa, the Maui nukupuʻu, the Molokai creeper and the po`ouli. Allison Prang, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Hey, maybe this is what the creeper gear—the lowest of the seven—is really for, rather than trying to get the Bronco to pop a wheelie. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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