\ 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

Some Amazon Alexa users recently reported their devices began letting out super-creepy, unprompted laughs. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: More Drama for Newsweek’s IBTimes; Drawbridge Scales Back In Europe Ahead of GDPR; Soap Is the Latest Viral Trend," 8 Mar. 2018 Hale and Tyler Posey star in the creepy-as-hell movie, which starts out with a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare that turns deadly. Megan Friedman, Cosmopolitan, "Watch the First Trailer for Lucy Hale’s Incredibly Terrifying New Movie," 5 Jan. 2018 But lifelogging produced reams of mostly useless footage, and Glass was maligned as invasive and creepy. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life," 12 Dec. 2018 The actress shared a creepy AF video that could make any non-believer fill their homes with crystals and burn sage in every corner. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Jenny McCarthy's Security Camera Footage Will Make You Wonder If Her House Is Haunted," 17 July 2018 But the grown-ups objected that the very realistic, almost-but-not-quite-human figures just seemed creepy. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "A Generational Divide in the Uncanny Valley," 10 Jan. 2019 For a cute-not-creepy take on the trend, Annie Thompson, the blogger behind DIY Decor Mom, made some adjustments to the popular PVC pipe spider. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Give Your Neighbors the Creeps With Oversized Spider Halloween Decor," 5 Oct. 2018 In the final moment of the new Halloween movie, after the credits roll, the film score is abruptly replaced with the loud, creepy sound of heavy breathing. Aja Romano, Vox, "Halloween’s post-credits “scene,” explained," 20 Oct. 2018 Still, the creepy, shadowy figure lurking in the dark (or in broad daylight) remains a threat some of us can’t quite shake. Mekita Rivas, Glamour, "Mollie Tibbetts' Killing Isn't About Women Jogging. It's About Violence Against Us.," 24 Aug. 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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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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