creepy

adjective
\ ˈkrē-pē How to pronounce creepy (audio) \
creepier; creepiest

Definition of creepy

1 : producing a nervous shivery apprehension a creepy horror story also : eerie
2 : of, relating to, or being a creep : annoyingly unpleasant a creepy old man

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Other Words from creepy

creepily \ ˈkrē-​pə-​lē How to pronounce creepily (audio) \ adverb
creepiness \ ˈkrē-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce creepiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of creepy in a Sentence

There's something creepy about that guy. a fascinating but creepy stage show by an offbeat magician

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The persona of the creepy clown really came into its own after serial killer John Wayne Gacy was captured. Frank T. Mcandrew, Quartzy, "The psychology behind why we find clowns so creepy," 6 Sep. 2019 His creepy persona reflects the winking mendacity and distracting stunts that typify his real-life rule. The Economist, "A bold new play about Alexander Litvinenko’s murder," 5 Sep. 2019 The most stunning display is probably the church’s massive chandelier, which contains almost every bone found in the human body (plus some creepy cherubs for good measure). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Learn about some of our favorite Halloween animals, from creepy and crawly to slithery and slimy. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Medina County parks offer special fall and Halloween activities," 4 Sep. 2019 And if keeping a creepy diary is against the law, plenty of people will go to jail. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "He Spent Years Infiltrating White Supremacist Groups. Here’s What He Has to Say About What’s Going on Now.," 30 Aug. 2019 The grounds and architecture are stunning, but the real draw is the creepy tunnels that old George carved below — one leads from a secret hatch in the gambling room to his boathouse, where the Thunderbird yacht is still moored. Agatha French, Orange County Register, "Lake Tahoe: The jewel of the Sierras shines bright," 21 Aug. 2019 The narrator then steps in to offer his aid, and —in moment that in 2019 that reads, decidedly, creepy—pushes the two back together in a less-than-chivalrous manner. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fragment of ‘The Rose Thorn,’ a Poem About a Talking Vulva, Dated to the 1300s," 3 Aug. 2019 With only three or four people visible on the horizon, no signs of animals, and barely any detectable breeze in the air or movement in the water, the Dead Sea is creepy—in a good way. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Dead Sea Should Be at the Top of Every Beauty Junkie's Travel List," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of creepy

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creepy

see creep entry 1

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The first known use of creepy was in 1836

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creepy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of creepy

informal : strange or scary : causing people to feel nervous and afraid

creepy

adjective
\ ˈkrē-pē How to pronounce creepy (audio) \
creepier; creepiest

Kids Definition of creepy

1 : eerie a creepy old house
2 : annoyingly unpleasant Dozens of frogs gave me a creepy feeling.

Other Words from creepy

creepiness noun

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