\ˈkrē-pē \
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 \ adverb
creepiness \ˈkrē-pē-nəs \ 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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Hereditary, Ari Aster’s terrifying feature debut, is a very scary movie starring Toni Collette, who is sad and builds miniatures like Lena Dunham’s mom in Tiny Furniture; her creepy, dead-animal collecting daughter; and her son, who is a bad driver. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "‘It’s Pretty Involved’: Witches Explain How to Summon the Demon From Hereditary," 15 June 2018 Even in Silicon Valley, which is known for producing eerily predictive algorithms, people find Facebook’s stealthy tracking and targeting of users creepy. The Economist, "If Facebook will not fix itself, will Congress?," 11 Apr. 2018 She is known for her dark, creepy sound, spiral light-up glasses and hypnotic visuals during her performances. Grace Wong, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago illustrator and EDM artist REZZ build hypnotic world together in new comic book ‘Mass Manipulation’," 13 Oct. 2017 But there's more to our Pacific Northwest paradise, according to movies that reveal the creepy side of the Beaver State. Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Kinky Madonna and sparkly vampires: 20 movies that make Oregon look creepy," 14 May 2018 Chances are good that the robber is no longer wearing a creepy skull-like green mask with big black facial features and a clinging purple headwrap. Doug Phillips,, "Glove-wearing robber in creepy mask hits bank," 4 May 2018 There's even a creepy looking uncle type in thick glasses peering through the doorway. Creg Stephenson,, "Baker Mayfield recreates iconic Brett Favre draft day photo; Favre responds," 26 Apr. 2018 Earlier this week, The Cut reported Katy Perry and her mom stepped out of a doctor's office in Beverly Hills in matching sheet masks — completely undeterred by the fact that sheet masks look a little creepy when worn in public. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Katy Perry Wore a Sheet Mask in Public With Her Mom, as One Does," 16 May 2018 At a glance this seems like innocuous stuff: creepy, definitely, but maybe nothing that would cause people to sharpen their pitchforks. Luke Darby, GQ, "Mark Zuckerberg Is Sorry Your Data Was Stolen and Will Actually Try to Keep It Safe Now," 25 Mar. 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

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


\ˈkrē-pē \
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 reject or criticize sharply

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