creeper

noun

creep·​er ˈkrē-pər How to pronounce creeper (audio)
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 Given that creepers are a cornerstone of emo culture, might Rihanna now be plotting an alt-girl aesthetic, in the tradition of just about every other famous person in 2024? Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 18 Apr. 2024 The glaze sort of looks like hot pepper jelly, and as such, its heat is more of a creeper than a palate crusher. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 Rangoon creeper, jasmine bud, and tuberose come together to create a rich blend of white florals that lasts from morning meetings to after-work drinks. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2024 Wear ice creepers attached to boots to prevent slipping on clear ice. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Once summer arrives, there is an artificial beach, in the form of Ralph’s Beach by the outside heated pool, or nature trails to follow, designed in partnership with the Wildlife Trust, where the little ones can look out for woodpeckers and tree creepers. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Davie Park filled in some gaps in our list with such goodies as a brown creeper, pine warbler and hairy woodpecker. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Sid, meanwhile, opted for a vintage linen Cavalli blazer passed down from Chloe’s father, along with Levi’s 502s and a pair of Saint Laurent patent leather creepers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2024 The sophisticated fragrance packs in notes of tuberose and jasmine, enhanced by unique undertones of the Rangoon creeper plant. Anna Tingley, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of creeper was before the 12th century

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“Creeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creeper. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

creeper

noun
creep·​er ˈkrē-pər How to pronounce creeper (audio)
: one that creeps: as
a
: a creeping plant
b
: a bird that creeps about on trees or bushes searching for insects

Medical Definition

creeper

noun
creep·​er ˈkrē-pər How to pronounce creeper (audio)
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
2

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