creepier; creepiest
: producing a nervous shivery apprehension
a creepy horror story
also : eerie
: of, relating to, or being a creep : annoyingly unpleasant
a creepy old man
creepily adverb
creepiness 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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Word History


see creep entry 1

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of creepy was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Creepy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


creepier; creepiest
: having or producing a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin
especially : eerie
creepily adverb
creepiness noun

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