\ 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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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 Award is Krystal, a fitness coach whose blatantly selfish disregard for others makes her perpetually frozen smile seem creepy, a little like Pennywise the clown in It. Kareem Abdul-jabbar, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: This Season's Bachelor Is Out of Step in the #MeToo Era," 22 Jan. 2018 The patient documented the moving creepy-crawly in a series of selfies (naturally) seen below. Sarah Klein,, "A Moving Bump on This Woman's Face Turned Out to Be a Live Worm," 22 June 2018 Earth Day includes a visit by Dr. Insecta's creepy-crawly insect station, as well as the release of nearly 100 butterflies. John Benson,, "North Olmsted to host third annual Earth Fair April 22 at North Olmsted Community Park," 11 Apr. 2018 Fortunately for wasps, however, Marvel has a reputation for empowering creepy-crawly underdogs (see: Spider-Man). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018 There's something a little creepy, a little forbidden, a little haunted, and totally compelling about seeing the remains of what used to be there. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your kids can pretend to be urban explorers on this Wisconsin hiking trail," 20 June 2018 The latest image features a creepy, skeletal animal with little hair and a long tail, like a monkey. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A monkey is on the run in South Carolina, and it loves to make itself at home," 8 June 2018 Sharp Object's first trailer is creepy, to say the least. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Amy Adams' New HBO Show Looks Like a Creepy Mix of 'Big Little Lies' and 'Gone Girl'," 23 Apr. 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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the setting in which something occurs

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