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Princeton's WordNet

  1. creep, weirdo, weirdie, weirdy, spooknoun

    someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric

  2. creepnoun

    a slow longitudinal movement or deformation

  3. creepnoun

    a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot

  4. crawl, crawling, creep, creepingverb

    a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body

    "a crawl was all that the injured man could manage"; "the traffic moved at a creep"

  5. crawl, creepverb

    move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground

    "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"

  6. sneak, mouse, creep, pussyfootverb

    to go stealthily or furtively

    "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"

  7. creepverb

    grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface)

    "ivy crept over the walls of the university buildings"

  8. fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovelverb

    show submission or fear


  1. creepnoun

    The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)

  2. creepnoun

    A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.

  3. creepnoun

    A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something

  4. creepnoun

    The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.

    Christmas creep. Feature creep. Instruction creep. Mission creep.

  5. creepnoun

    In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.

  6. creepnoun

    An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.

  7. creepnoun

    The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.

  8. creepnoun

    An annoying irritating person

  9. creepnoun

    A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.

    Stop following me, you creep!

  10. creepverb

    To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.

    Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.

  11. creepverb

    Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.

  12. creepverb

    To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.

    He tried to creep past the guard without being seen.

  13. creepverb

    To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.

    Prices have been creeping up all year.

  14. creepnoun

    A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.

  15. CREEPnoun

    The Committee to Re-elect the President, which raised money for Richard Nixon's campaign for 1972 reelection.

  16. Etymology: From crepen, from creopan, from kreupanan, from ger-. Cognate with crjippa, kruipen, kriefen, Danish krybe, Norwegian krype, krypa, krjúpa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CREEPverb

    preter. crept;

    Etymology: crypan, Sax. krepan, Germ.

    Ye that walk
    The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep! John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    And every creeping thing that creeps the ground. John Milton.

    If they cannot distinguish creeping from flying, let them lay down Virgil , and take up Ovid de Ponto. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.

    The grottos cool, with shady poplars crown’d,
    And creeping vines on arbours weav’d around. Dryden.

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Why should a man
    Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice
    By being peevish? William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    He who creeps after plain, dull, common sense, is safe from committing absurdities; but can never reach the excellence of wit. John Dryden, Tyrannick Love.

    I’ll creep up into the chimney. ————
    —— There they always use to discharge their birding-pieces: creep into the kiln-hole. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Whate’er you are,
    That in this desart inaccessible,
    Under the shade of melancholy boughs,
    Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time. William Shakespeare.

    Of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women. 2 Tim. iii. 6.

    Thou makest darkness, and it is night wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. Psal. civ. 20.

    Now and then a work or two has crept in to keep his first design in countenance. Francis Atterbury.

    Paradise Lost is admirable; but am I therefore bound to maintain, that there are no flats amongst his elevations, when it is evident he creeps along sometimes for above an hundred lines together? Dryden.

    We here took a little boat, to creep along the sea-shore as far as Genoa. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    By those gifts of nature and fortune he creeps, nay he flies, into the favour of poor silly women. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    It seems, the marriage of his brother’s wife
    Has crept too near his conscience.
    ———— No, his conscience
    Has crept too near another lady. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Necessity enforced them, after they grew full of people, to spread themselves, and creep out of Shinar, or Babylonia. Walter Raleigh, History.

    None pretends to know from how remote corners of those frozen mountains, some of those fierce nations first crept out. William Temple.

    It is not to be expected that every one should guard his understanding from being imposed on, by the sophistry which creeps into most of the books of argument. John Locke.

    They were us’d to bend,
    To send their smiles before them to Achilles,
    To come as humbly as they us’d to creep
    To holy altars. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.


  1. creep

    The Committee for the Re-election of the President (also known as the Committee to Re-elect the President), abbreviated CRP, but often mocked by the acronym CREEP, was, officially, a fundraising organization of United States President Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign during the Watergate scandal. In addition to fundraising, the organization also engaged in political sabotage against Nixon's opponents, the various Democratic politicians running in the election.


  1. creep

    Creep generally refers to a slow and gradual deformation or movement that happens over a period of time due to stress or pressure. This change can be observed in materials exposed to prolonged stress or in a steady and slow phenomenon or behavior. The term can be applied in various fields such as material science, geology, physics, engineering and even in colloquial usage, such as in describing someone's behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Creepverb

    to move along the ground, or on any other surface, on the belly, as a worm or reptile; to move as a child on the hands and knees; to crawl

  2. Creepverb

    to move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from unwillingness, fear, or weakness

  3. Creepverb

    to move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or one's self; as, age creeps upon us

  4. Creepverb

    to slip, or to become slightly displaced; as, the collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep in drying; the quicksilver on a mirror may creep

  5. Creepverb

    to move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant

  6. Creepverb

    to grow, as a vine, clinging to the ground or to some other support by means of roots or rootlets, or by tendrils, along its length

  7. Creepverb

    to have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl; as, the sight made my flesh creep. See Crawl, v. i., 4

  8. Creepverb

    to drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable

  9. Creepnoun

    the act or process of creeping

  10. Creepnoun

    a distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by the creeping of insects

  11. Creepnoun

    a slow rising of the floor of a gallery, occasioned by the pressure of incumbent strata upon the pillars or sides; a gradual movement of mining ground

  12. Etymology: [OE. crepen, creopen, AS. crepan; akin to D. kruipen, G. kriechen, Icel. krjupa, Sw. krypa, Dan. krybe. Cf. Cripple, Crouch.]


  1. Creep

    "Creep" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. Radiohead released "Creep" as their debut single in 1992, and it later appeared on their first album, Pablo Honey. During its initial release, "Creep" was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit. Attendees of Radiohead's early gigs often exhibited little interest in the band's other songs, causing the band to react against "Creep" and play it less often during the mid-to-late 1990s. In 1998, halfway through their OK Computer tour, the band dropped the song from set lists altogether. "Creep" was not played live again until 2001, but it has since reappeared several times on the band's live sets. In 2008, the song was included in the Radiohead: The Best Of compilation album.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Creep

    krēp, v.i. to move on the belly, like a snake: to move slowly: to grow along the ground or on supports, as a vine: to fawn or cringe: to have the physical sensation of something creeping over or under the skin: to shudder at from fear or repugnance: to drag with a creeper, as a river-bottom:—pr.p. creep′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. crept.—ns. Creep′er, a creeping plant: a genus of small climbing birds; Creep′-hole, a hole into which to creep: a subterfuge; Creep′ie, a low stool, the old Scotch stool of repentance.—adv. Creep′ingly.—adj. Creep′y. [A.S. creópan; Dut. kruipen.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. creep

    To advance, grow, or multiply inexorably. In hackish usage this verb has overtones of menace and silliness, evoking the creeping horrors of low-budget monster movies.

Rap Dictionary

  1. creepverb

    To sneak up on someone. Just work your job, get paid. I'll rob ya / See, a nigga creep on a come up -- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Creepin' on Ah Come Up)

  2. creepverb

    To be unfaithful in a relationship.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'creep' in Verbs Frequency: #827

Anagrams for creep »

  1. crepe

  2. crêpe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of creep in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of creep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of creep in a Sentence

  1. Rory McIlroy:

    It’s just about resetting your goals, just trying to keep improving as a player, try to not let complacency creep in at any point, i think at times when you get successful and you maybe enjoy a little bit of that success, that complacency can creep in.

  2. Ingrid Weir:

    Before saying anything, always think to yourself, "Since my life is not a porno, will this creep her out?"

  3. Morgans Financial analyst James Wilson:

    It could continue to creep lower if companies start showing strong quarterly production figures this month, as expected.

  4. Søren Kierkegaard:

    Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.

  5. Edmund Burke:

    Ambition can creep as well as soar.

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Translations for creep

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  • زحفArabic
  • свличане, пълзя, стеля, пълзенеBulgarian
  • plížit seCzech
  • krybe, listeDanish
  • Schleich, schleichen, Knilch, kriechenGerman
  • arrastrarseSpanish
  • خزش, خزیدنPersian
  • hyypiö, nilkki, ryömintä, hivuttautua, viruminen, [[aiheuttaa]] [[väristyksiä]], värisyttää, vetäytyä, naarata, karmio, matelu, kyylä, liikahdus, [[kasvaa]] [[maata]] [[pitkin]], ryömiä, hiipiä, nöyristelläFinnish
  • rampement, ramper, fatigueFrench
  • corrachIrish
  • èalaidhScottish Gaelic
  • रेंगनाHindi
  • csúszás-mászás, kúszás, kúszik, oson, lopakodikHungarian
  • merayapIndonesian
  • ruffiano, scorrimento, deriva, strisciare, spostamento, scollamento, antipatico, strisciamento, lecchinoItalian
  • זחילהHebrew
  • 伝う, 忍び寄る, クリープ, 這うJapanese
  • ಕ್ರೀಪ್Kannada
  • 기다Korean
  • sicine subrepstiLatin
  • tapanihi, whakaninihiMāori
  • engerd, kruipen, opschuiven, kruip, griezelDutch
  • creepNorwegian
  • pełzaniePolish
  • rastejarPortuguese
  • târîRomanian
  • подкра́дываться, ползать, ползание, оплы́ть, оплыва́ть, ползти́, кра́сться, сползание, пресмыка́ться, стели́ться, урод, отморозокRussian
  • äckelpotta, krypa, miffo, klänga, smyga, äckelSwedish
  • தொய்வுTamil
  • క్రీప్Telugu
  • เล็ดลอดThai
  • sürünmeTurkish
  • повзатиUkrainian
  • ریںگناUrdu
  • leoVietnamese
  • קריכןYiddish
  • 爬行Chinese

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. proprietary
    • B. occlusive
    • C. extroversive
    • D. incumbent

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