What does creature mean?

Definitions for creature
ˈkri tʃərcrea·ture

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word creature.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, faunanoun

    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

  2. creature, wightnoun

    a human being; `wight' is an archaic term

  3. creature, tool, puppetnoun

    a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else


  1. creaturenoun

    A created thing, whether animate or inanimate; a creation.

  2. creaturenoun

    A living being; an animal or human.

  3. creaturenoun

    A being subservient to or dependent upon another.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Creaturenoun

    Etymology: creatura, low Latin.

    Were these persons idolaters for the worship they did not give to the Creator, or for the worship they did give to his creatures. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Discourse on Rom. Idol.

    God’s first creature was light. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Imperfect the world, and all the creatures in it, must be acknowledged in many respects to be. John Tillotson, Sermon i.

    The queen pretended satisfaction of her knowledge only
    In killing creatures vile, as cats and dogs. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Yet crime in her could never creature find;
    But for his love, and for her own self-sake,
    She wander’d had from one to other Ind. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Most cursed of all creatures under sky,
    Lo Tantalus, I here tormented lye. Fairy Queen, b. ii. c. 7.

    Though he might burst his lungs to call for help,
    No creature would assist or pity him. Wentworth Dillon.

    Hence; home, you idle creatures, get you home;
    Is this a holiday? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    He would into the stews,
    And from the common creatures pluck a glove,
    And wear it as a favour. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    I’ve heard that guilty creatures, at a play,
    Have, by the very cunning of the scene,
    Been struck so to the soul, that presently
    They have proclaim’d their malefactions. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Nor think to-night of thy ill-nature,
    But of thy follies, idle creature. Matthew Prior.

    A good poet no sooner communicates his works, but it is imagined he is a vain young creature, given up to the ambition of fame. Alexander Pope.

    And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand;
    Cry, Oh sweet creature, and then kiss me hard. William Shakespeare.

    Ah, cruel creature, whom do’st thou despise?
    The gods, to live in woods, have left the skies. John Dryden, Virg.

    Some young creatures have learnt their letters and syllables by having them pasted upon little tablets. Isaac Watts.

    He sent to colonel Massey to send him men, which he, being a creature of Essex’s, refused. Edward Hyde.

    The duke’s creature he desired to be esteemed. Edward Hyde.

    Great princes thus, when favourites they raise,
    To justify their grace, their creatures praise. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    The design was discovered by a person whom every body knows to be the creature of a certain great man. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Creaturenoun

    anything created; anything not self-existent; especially, any being created with life; an animal; a man

  2. Creaturenoun

    a human being, in pity, contempt, or endearment; as, a poor creature; a pretty creature

  3. Creaturenoun

    a person who owes his rise and fortune to another; a servile dependent; an instrument; a tool

  4. Creaturenoun

    a general term among farmers for horses, oxen, etc

  5. Etymology: [F. crature, L. creatura. See Create.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'creature' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4678

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'creature' in Nouns Frequency: #1131

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of creature in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of creature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of creature in a Sentence

  1. John Locke:

    Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.

  2. Librettist Julia Canosa:

    Today we are talking about a new species of not humans perhaps but humanoids, cyborgs, and, like the Creature, are they going to raise the question of identity? are they going to be granted rights and dignity, and would they pay taxes?

  3. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.

  4. Richard Steele:

    A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.

  5. Glenn Youngkin:

    If Bill Clinton and Bill Clinton had a son, it's Terry McAuliffe ! he is a creature of the swamp.

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