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 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, "An Ode to Running in the Movies," 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, "Costa Rica's coast struggles to survive against rising seas," 25 May 2018 The collections that hence will exert a creeping influence on many other more accessible collections. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "What Your Shopping Future Has in Store," 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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20 May 2020

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“Creeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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