\ 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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Turns out that scene was MUCH creepier and weirder than any of us even imagined. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke’s Most Pivotal Kissing Scene Was So Awkward," 27 May 2019 Those are mostly women politely asking men to stop being creepy and touching them. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Alabama's Abortion Ban Is Akin to Torture," 16 May 2019 My boyfriend, to be fair, is not one of those creepy dudes. Deanna Pai, The Cut, "The Biggest Findings From a New Study on People Who Cheat," 11 Apr. 2018 Funny, that tape existed for years, tucked away in some creepy network dude's closet until it was leaked just before an election. Fox News, "'The Five' debate returning citizenship question to census," 28 Mar. 2018 When Betty goes out to get the money, though, another creepy dude from Chic's past shows up to the house, so Alice tells Betty to stay outside. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Riverdale' Season 2 Episode 17 Recap: Cheryl and Toni Have a Big Moment," 28 Mar. 2018 Five years ago, talking to your phone seemed abnormal, even creepy. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 2019 Getty Images Bran has been so so creepy this season so far. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Will Take the Iron Throne, Based on Every 'Game of Thrones' Star's Zodiac Sign," 16 Apr. 2019 The creepy-cool shape is a perfect fit for the fall holiday (and a bit more practical than those scream-worthy skull logs that were all the rage last year). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Those Himalayan Salt Lamps Everyone's Obsessed With Now Come in Skull Form," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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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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