Creek definition

krēk, krĭk
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A channel or stream running through a salt marsh.

Tidal creeks teeming with shore wildlife.

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A small stream, often a shallow or intermittent tributary to a river.
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(chiefly british) A small inlet in a shoreline, extending farther inland than a cove.
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The Muskogean language used as a lingua franca in the Creek Confederacy; Muskogee.
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(now chiefly brit.) A narrow inlet or bay.
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A small stream, somewhat larger than a brook.
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(obs.) A narrow or winding passage.
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A member of a cultural and political grouping (the Creek Confederacy) of North American Indian peoples, mainly Muskogean, formerly of Georgia and Alabama, now living in Oklahoma and Florida.
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Any turn or winding.
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One of a Native American tribe from the Southeastern United States.
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The Muskogean language of the Creek tribe.
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Of or pertaining to the Creek tribe.

The chieftain was well versed in Creek history.

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The definition of Creek are Native American people living in parts of Florida and Oklahoma.

An example of Creek is a member of the Muscogean Nation.

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The definition of a creek is a shallow stream of water.

An example of a creek is a stream of water flowing down a mountain and into a river.

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The Muskogean language of the Creek.
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A Native American confederacy made up of the Creek and various smaller southeast tribes.
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A member of this confederacy.
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(UK, India) A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending farther into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river; the inner part of a port that is used as a dock for small boats.
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(Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US) A stream of water smaller than a river and larger than a brook.
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A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting eastern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida and now located in central Oklahoma and southern Alabama. The Creek were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s.
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(informal) up the creek (without a paddle)
  • In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position.
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up the creek
  • in trouble
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
creek
Plural:
creeks

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

up the creek (without a paddle)

Origin of creek

  • Middle English creke probably from Old Norse kriki bend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the picturesque creeks near which they lived

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • creke, from kryk, from Old Norse kriki.

    From Wiktionary