- The definition of a creep is the act of moving slowly or is slang for a scary or odd person who is unpleasant or repulsive.
- An example of a creep is a hill that is moving very slowly.
- An example of a creep is a scary, leering old man who always stares at you when you walk by his house.
- To creep is defined as to move slowly and quietly while close to the ground.
An example of creep is when you sneak in after everyone is sleeping and you walk on tip-toes in the dark.
intransitive verbcrept, creeping
- to move along with the body close to the ground, as on hands and knees
- to move slowly, stealthily, timidly, or furtively
- to come on gradually and almost unnoticed: often with up
- to cringe; fawn
- to grow along the ground or a wall, as some plants
- to slip slightly out of position
- ☆ to change in shape as the result of constant stress, temperature, etc.: said of materials, metals, etc.
Origin of creepMiddle English crepen ; from Old English creopan, to creep, literally , go bent down; akin to Swedish krypa ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ger-: see cradle
- the act of creeping
- a creeping movement
- the gradual deformation of a material, esp. a metal or alloy, due to constant stress, high temperature, etc.
- ☆ Slang a person regarded as very annoying, disgusting, etc.
- Geol. the slow, almost imperceptible movement of soil and loose rock down a slope
make one's flesh creepor make one's skin creep
intransitive verbcrept crept , creep·ing, creeps
- To move with the body close to the ground, as on hands and knees.
- a. To move stealthily or cautiously.b. To move or proceed very slowly: Traffic creeps at that hour.
- Botany a. To grow or spread along a surface, rooting at intervals or clinging by means of suckers or tendrils.b. To grow horizontally under the ground, as the rhizomes of many plants.
- To slip out of place; shift gradually.
- To have a tingling sensation, made by or as if by things moving stealthily: a moan that made my flesh creep.
- The act of creeping; a creeping motion or progress.
- Slang An annoyingly unpleasant or repulsive person.
- A slow flow of metal when under high temperature or great pressure.
- A slow change in a characteristic of electronic equipment, such as a decrease in power with continued usage.
- A usually unplanned and gradual shift or increase in uses or objectives away from what was originally specified or limited. Often used in combination: the function creep of using social security numbers for general identification purposes; mission creep from a military peacekeeping role to one of providing economic development.
- Geology The slow movement of rock debris and soil down a weathered slope.
- creeps Informal A sensation of fear or repugnance, as if things were crawling on one's skin: That house gives me the creeps.
Origin of creepMiddle English crepen, from Old English crēopan.
(third-person singular simple present creeps, present participle creeping, simple past crept, creeped, or obsolete crope, past participle crept, creeped, or archaic cropen)
- (intransitive) To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
- Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.
- (intransitive) Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
- (intransitive) To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
- He tried to creep past the guard without being seen.
- (intransitive) To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
- Prices have been creeping up all year.
- To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or oneself.
- Old age creeps upon us.
- To slip, or to become slightly displaced.
- The collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep in drying.
- The quicksilver on a mirror may creep.
- To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn.
- a creeping sycophant
- To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl.
- The sight made my flesh creep.
- To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
From Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan (“to creep, crawl”), from Proto-Germanic *kreupaną (“to twist, creep”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, wind”). Cognate with West Frisian krippe, krûpe, Eastern Frisian crjippa (“to creep”), Low German krepen, krupen, Dutch kruipen (“to creep, crawl”), Middle High German kriefen (“to creep”), Danish krybe (“to creep”), Norwegian krype (“to creep”), Swedish krypa (“to creep, crawl”), Icelandic krjúpa (“to stoop”).
- The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
- A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
- A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
- The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.
- Christmas creep. Feature creep. Instruction creep. Mission creep
- (publishing) In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
- (materials science) An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
- (geology) The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
- (informal, pejorative) An annoying irritating person
- (informal, pejorative) A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
- Stop following me, you creep!
- (agriculture) A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.
From the above verb.