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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The creeper in the back of Sansa's photo may be the least of fans' concerns for the upcoming episode, which will likely include multiple crushing character deaths. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is That a Face Behind Sansa Stark in the New Game of Thrones Photos?," 26 Apr. 2019 His most potent works dwell in the blue-black hues of the twelve hours per day when the bougainvillea and creepers are cloaked in dark. The New York Review of Books, "Joshua Jelly-Schapiro," 5 Apr. 2018 Sparrows, ovenbirds, juncos, warblers, kinglets, and creepers are just some of the species on the casualty list. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price," 3 Apr. 2019 Rihanna has seen success with her ongoing Fenty x Puma line, her creeper sneakers most notably selling out on the regular; Puma also recently partnered with Selena Gomez on activewear. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Beyhive, Rejoice! Adidas and Beyoncé Are Teaming Up on a Cool New Label," 4 Apr. 2019 My Stella McCartney creepers made the outfit complete. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, "'Transparent' Creator & Director Jill Soloway Talks the Suit That Changed Her Life," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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