- an animal, especially a nonhuman: the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space.
- anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
- person; human being: She is a charming creature. The driver of a bus is sometimes an irritable creature.
- an animate being.
- a person whose position or fortune is owed to someone or something and who continues under the control or influence of that person or thing: The cardinal was a creature of Louis XI.
- Scot. and Older U.S. Use. intoxicating liquor, especially whiskey (usually preceded by the): He drinks a bit of the creature before bedtime.
Origin of creature
Examples from the Web for creature
Indeed, Dr. Shaheed has noted that Rouhani has only “limited authority” to change the system of which he is a creature.Iran’s Horrific Human-Rights Record
Sen. Mark Kirk, Sen. Marco Rubio
November 7, 2014
He is a creature of the White House, cloaked in executive privilege.Where There’s Trouble, You’ll Usually Find Joe Biden
October 21, 2014
This level-headed man of logic, however, is also a creature of moods and funks.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
In its earliest years, the New York Fed was literally a creature of Wall Street.The Incredible 'Wussiness' Of The Fed Vs Goldman Sachs—Caught On Tape
September 26, 2014
That creature threatened the goats until the biggest one butted him off the bridge, never to trouble pedestrians again.Dems Troll Christie on Bridgegate
September 7, 2014
Would I rob Heaven and give the praise and honour to the creature?
This is certainly a very high and unusual devise to so young a creature.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He smiled' at Miss Gregg, who was elderly and gray, but visibly his creature.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Every creature whose rival I could possibly become is my enemy.The Bacillus of Beauty
No, I heard nothing; I felt the thought of that creature touching my thought.The Trail Book
- a living being, esp an animal
- something that has been created, whether animate or inanimatea creature of the imagination
- a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
- a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet
Word Origin and History for creature
late 13c., "anything created," also "living being," from Old French creature (Modern French créature), from Late Latin creatura "thing created," from creatus, past participle of Latin creare "create" (see create). Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Tim. iv:4, led to jocular use for "whiskey" (1630s).