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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Picking up from the first film’s clever (and financially gutsy!) elliptical sign-off, this one jumps ahead 27 years to show us that demonic Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård, again supremely creepy) is back preying on the fears of sleepy Derry’s citizenry. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It Chapter Two’ is just as scary as chapter one," 5 Sep. 2019 Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo, Italy Of all the catacombs in the world, from Salzburg to Paris, none are quite as creepy as Sicily’s Catacombe dei Cappucini (Capuchin Catacombs). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 He is depicted as lecherous but harmless, silly and creepy. New York Times, "The Comedians Challenging Stereotypes About Asian-American Masculinity," 26 Aug. 2019 The middle classes have found would-be Hitlers, Mussolinis, or Stalins more creepy than spellbinding. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The American Middle Class," 22 Aug. 2019 Kylie got one more present that is also incredibly over-the-top, but at the same time really freaking creepy. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Got a Terrifying 7-Foot Tall Flower Arrangement Shaped Like a Person for Her Birthday," 7 Aug. 2019 The exposure may be creepier in public places, such as a subway, a bar, or a department store, where anyone with some low-cost hardware and a little know-how can collect the details of all Apple devices that have BLE turned on. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Apple’s AirDrop and password sharing features can leak iPhone numbers," 1 Aug. 2019 The Epstein case is particularly creepy but not unique. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Jeffrey Epstein’s scandal of secrecy points to a creeping rot in the American justice system," 19 June 2019 Orr sings, and a creepy, jolly synth invites us to wonder why. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Ric Ocasek’s Eternal Cool," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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