creepy

adjective
\ 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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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 There is even, at times, a certain mischievous glee detectable in his gravitation toward the gothic, the grotesque and the creepy. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018 But the detached, creepy man may have more going on than meets the eye. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'," 12 June 2015 But it must be said, especially in light of recent revelations about deplorable male behavior, that the song is just, well, creepy. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Like a Rolling Christmas Stone," 14 Dec. 2018 The level of hatred is quite creepy (ph), but that's OK. Fox News, "Hannity: Anonymous op-ed writer needs to come forward," 6 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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creepy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of creepy

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

creepy

adjective
\ 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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