To save this word, you'll need to log in.
From the Editors at Merriam-Webster
'Creep': A Skin-Crawling History
The word has been moving slowly through English for centuries.
creep up on
Cite this Entry
“Creepy-crawly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creepy-crawly. Accessed 25 May. 2020.
Comments on creepy-crawly
What made you want to look up creepy-crawly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Words from the week of 5/22/2020
A question for the ages
Sorting them out with style.
They're perfectly grammatical.
A definitive answer.
And who put it there, anyway?
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Surprisingly specific words for shapes.
Listen to the words and spell through all three levels.