creeping

adjective
creep·​ing | \ ˈkrē-piŋ How to pronounce creeping (audio) \

Definition of creeping

: developing or advancing by slow imperceptible degrees a period of creeping inflation

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Examples of creeping in a Sentence

at this creeping pace of progress we'll never have the float ready for the parade
Recent Examples on the Web Selva and Patchworks add clomping drums, scraps of rhythm guitar, a creeping, high synthesizer line that wouldn’t be out of place in a G-Funk record, and the peppiest of horn sections. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2021 One, an intangible effect of having been so successful so early in the team’s contention window might have been a creeping sense of complacency. Jared Wyllys, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 English political hegemony as a creeping and subtle evil that haunts the action rather than showing itself. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 19 Feb. 2021 On the Biden side, the creeping sense of deja vu has become a dominant feeling. Michael Scherer And Scott Clement Washington Post, Star Tribune, 18 Oct. 2020 But there’s a creeping pointlessness to it, and a creeping smallness: the privately pulsing heart, the tiny agenda of betterment. James Parker, The Atlantic, 9 May 2020 In addition to the creeping effects of climate change, extreme events like hurricanes are likely to worsen the impact on many coastal communities, said Borja Reguero, a researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sophie Hares, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2018 The collections that hence will exert a creeping influence on many other more accessible collections. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of creeping

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of creeping was in the 14th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Creeping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creeping. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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