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.

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. Erika Wahl:

    I've been trusting Willow Creek principal and superintendent for the last several years to take care of my kids, I'm trusting Willow Creek principal and superintendent now.

  2. Dan Levy:

    Some people have been asking [if there will be a Schitts Creek movie], this is the best way we could have ever ended this show, so, if there is an idea that ever pops into my head [thats] worthy of these wonderful people, it has to be really freaking good at this point because this is a really nice way of saying goodbye.

  3. Rusty Hotchkiss:

    She basically crawled from where she was injured down to a creek, it took her about two days to do that. And then she was able to drink from the creek with the water filter to stay alive.

  4. Ron DeSantis:

    First of all, it'd be a cash cow for them if they had Disney, but I'm worried that they would use that as a pretext to raise taxes on people when that's what they would want to do anyways and then try to blame Reedy Creek, so we're not going to give them that opportunity.

  5. Adriana Lima:

    The security gate at the entrance and 24/7 patrol serves as a way to ensure only homeowners, their guests, and members enter Indian Creek Island. This is a crucial reason that celebrities such as Julio Iglesias, Adriana Lima, Carl Icahn, Jeffrey Soffer, Eddie Lampert and Peter Breton -- amongst many others -- have lived there.

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