\ 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

Other Words from creepy

creepily \ ˈkrē-​pə-​lē How to pronounce creepy (audio) \ adverb
creepiness \ ˈkrē-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce creepy (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 The story follows a newlywed writer, Edith (Mia Wasikowska), who moves into a creepy, old, and clearly haunted mansion with her husband (Tom Hiddleston) and sister-in-law (Jessica Chastain). Lia Beck,, 13 July 2022 There are dozens, if not, hundreds of them telling the dark, twisted or otherwise creepy stories of crimes taking place across the world. Adrianna Freedman, Men's Health, 31 Mar. 2022 This would be enough to unnerve anyone, but Shining Girls takes its creepy conceit even farther as Kirby is left perpetually off-kilter and unbalanced as her life continually shifts after her attack. Jace Lacob,, 25 July 2022 Werewolves howl and snarl at times, baring their claws, with their eyes turning a creepy yellow. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Want a creepy story inspired by the American South? Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 Carrie Preston plays Cora Whistler, a creepy therapist, and Anna Chlumsky is Molly, the camp’s medic and newest employee. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 This may have been what life looked like in an oxygen-rich environment during a period of the early Paleozoic Era (541 million years ago to 252 million years ago), showcasing the largest creepy crawlies Earth has ever known. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2022 The new creepy location is, in fact, a real Victorian-style mansion located in Rome, Georgia. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 5 July 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Creepy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for creepy


\ 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

More from Merriam-Webster on creepy

Nglish: Translation of creepy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of creepy for Arabic Speakers


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