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

Definition of creeping

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

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 For some, once the initial shock wore off, a creeping sense of inevitability set in. Ruth Madievsky, The Atlantic, 18 July 2022 This growing entanglement of the corporate and social, this creeping sense of being tracked by invisible eyes, demands an increasing sophistication about what is said and where. Kara Devlin, Longreads, 20 May 2022 As the film moves to the seventh day, a creeping sense of catastrophe settles. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2022 But beneath the know-it-all tweets, there is a creeping sense that the psychological distance between the masses of 401(k) investors and the billionaire marks may not be that far. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 The killings have taken on a creeping sense of inevitability, guards say. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 For Democrats, the key factor was the creeping sense that social media platforms, whatever the political leanings of their founders, had helped Donald Trump get elected. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 19 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of creeping

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jul 2022

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“Creeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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