- 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.
creep definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
creep definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb crept 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.
- 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: Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan.
creep - Phrases/Idioms
make one's flesh creepor make one's skin creep