What does creek mean?

Definitions for creek
krik, krɪkcreek

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word creek.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brook, creeknoun

    a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)

    "the creek dried up every summer"

  2. Creeknoun

    any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma


  1. creeknoun

    A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river.

  2. creeknoun

    A stream of water smaller than a river and larger than a brook.

  3. creeknoun

    Any turn or winding.

  4. Creeknoun

    one of a Native American tribe from the Southeastern United States

  5. Creekadjective

    of or pertaining to the Creek tribe

    The chieftain was well versed in Creek history.

  6. Creeknoun

    the Muskogean language of the Creek tribe

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CREEKnoun

    Etymology: crecca, Sax. kreke, Dutch.

    As streams, which with their winding banks do play,
    Stopp’d by their creeks, run softly through the plain. Davies.

    They on the bank of Jordan, by a creek,
    Where winds with reeds and osiers whisp’ring play,
    Their unexpected loss and plaints outbreath’d. Parad. Reg.

    A law was made here to stop their passage in every port and creek. John Davies, on Ireland.

    A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper; one that commands
    The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Creekverb

    To make a harsh noise.

    Shall I stay here,
    Creeking my shoes on the plain masonry. William Shakespeare.


  1. creek

    A creek is a small stream, often a shallow or narrow tributary to a river. It can either be a natural watercourse or a man-made water channel, usually found in regions with a temperate climate. Creeks are often not navigable by large vessels due to their small size, but may support small aquatic life and vegetation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Creeknoun

    a small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river

  2. Creeknoun

    a stream of water smaller than a river and larger than a brook

  3. Creeknoun

    any turn or winding

  4. Etymology: [AS. crecca; akin to D. kreek, Icel. kriki crack, nook; cf. W. crig crack, crigyll ravine, creek. Cf. Crick, Crook.]


  1. Creek

    A tidal creek, tidal channel, or estuary is the portion of a stream that is affected by ebb and flow of ocean tides, in the case that the subject stream discharges to an ocean, sea or strait. Thus this portion of the stream has variable salinity and electrical conductivity over the tidal cycle. Due to the temporal variability of water quality parameters within the tidally influenced zone, there are unique biota associated with tidal creeks, which biota are often specialised to such zones. Creeks may often dry to a muddy channel with little or no flow at low tide, but often with significant depth of water at high tide.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Creek

    krēk, n. a small inlet or bay of the sea, or the tidal estuary of a river: any turn or winding: in America and Australia, a small river.—adj. Creek′y, full of creeks: winding. [Prob. Scand., Ice. kriki, a nook; cf. Dut. kreek, a bay.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. creek

    A narrow inlet of the sea shoaling suddenly. Also, the channels connecting the several branches of a river and lake islands, and one lake or lagoon with another. It differs from a cove, in being proportionately deeper and narrower. In law, it is part of a haven where anything is landed from the sea.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CREEK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Creek is ranked #8184 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Creek surname appeared 4,052 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Creek.

    82.6% or 3,349 total occurrences were White.
    10.7% or 437 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 94 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 93 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 60 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of creek in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of creek in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of creek in a Sentence

  1. Ban Nampai village chief:

    I think the future of the river is dire. This is just the beginning, with more dams, the once powerful Mekong River river will become just a small creek.

  2. South African golfer Charl Schwartzel:

    I am hugely disappointed to be missing out on the SA Open, everybody knows how keen I am to win our national Open and, having come so close the last couple of years and following my good form at Leopard Creek, I was really looking forward to contending at Glendower.

  3. Tony Hale in Veep '':

    [ I'm ] trying to catch up on movies, something about this time brings you awareness of things you've put off. I wanted to introduce them to' Schitt's Creek.' My wife wanted to introduce us to' Gilmore Girls,' so we've been watching that. Each night someone picks what they want to watch. I can't believe today is five weeks since my daughter was out of school, it's been so challenging.

  4. Reedy Creek:

    In light of the State of Florida's pledge to the District's bondholders, Reedy Creek expects to explore its options while continuing its present operations, including levying and collecting its ad valorem taxes and collecting its utility revenues, paying debt service on its ad valorem tax bonds and utility revenue bonds, complying with its bond covenants and operating and maintaining its properties.

  5. Pierce County Sheriff Department:

    The missing man reportedly often went hiking with his dog, but did not leave a note where he was going and had failed to return home after dark, the man's wife reported finding recent internet searches by her husband for geocaching in the Evans Creek area.

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