- The definition of crept is someone or something that moved closely and slowly along the ground.
An example of crept is a person who crawled very quietly and slowly from one room to another.
Past tense and past participle of creep.
- Simple past tense and past participle of creep.
Variant of creep
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
to give one a feeling of fear, repugnance, etc.
Informal a feeling of fear, repugnance, etc.