\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Adding threatening and creepy to his list of unsavory traits, the corrupt cop touches Mrs. Drake's pregnant belly, insists on paying for their groceries, and suggests the officer not talk to Perry Mason. Matt Cabral,, "Perry Mason recap: Paul Drake delivers a new clue with some serious bite," 6 July 2020 These creepy landmine-looking critters with spikes and 14 to 21 moveable arms. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "Everyone can watch the birds," 4 June 2020 Kevin Bacon plays the guy seeking to unwind in a very creepy house, adding an extra degree of class to this spare and modest exercise. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Kevin Bacon brings an extra degree of class to 'You Should Have Left'," 18 June 2020 And the vines-and-trees overgrowth of Pioneer Square transforms one of its bigger parks into a creepy stage of combat theater. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Pt. 2 hands-on: You can’t pet the dog—but you can expect terror," 2 June 2020 At the front desk, the creepy old man with no hair or eyebrows was nowhere to be seen, nor was the aged cat with the nose issues. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, "Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey," 1 June 2020 Or, explore your house on an indoor safari, tracking household creepy crawlies. National Geographic, "Top staycation ideas and other ways to globetrot at home," 20 May 2020 Highway rest areas can be creepy, scarce, or simply closed. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Portable Toilets Engineered for Emergency Relief," 5 May 2020 And be sure to check out the creepy cover at the top of this post. David Canfield,, "Exclusive: This upcoming novel gives the domestic thriller a killer sci-fi twist," 6 May 2020

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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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17 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creepy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce creepy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of creepy

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


\ 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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