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[kree-pee] /ˈkri pi/
adjective, creepier, creepiest.
having or causing a creeping sensation of the skin, as from horror or fear:
a creepy ghost story.
that creeps:
a creepy insect.
Slang. of, relating to, or characteristic of a person who is a creep; obnoxious; weird.
Origin of creepy
First recorded in 1825-35; creep + -y1
Related forms
creepily, adverb
creepiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for creepiness
Historical Examples
  • But the creepiness of it had been very real: and the memory remained.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • Somet'ing aboudt dis blace gifs me a creepiness oof der skin.

    Motor Matt's Air Ship Stanley R. Matthews
  • Wherein lies the decided element of creepiness contained in my next story?

    Stranger Than Fiction Mary L. Lewes
  • I can never conquer a creepiness of the spine as I listen to one of these tragedies.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • It reads like the production of a bad nightmare, and produces a creepiness of the flesh.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • As a psychological experience it was most interesting, but it sent a little thrill of creepiness through me.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • At last even Auntie Schlotterbeck's acquaintances ceased to regard her gift with any feeling of "creepiness."

  • As he sits side by side with his fellow applicants in the outer waiting room, he cannot help a feeling of “creepiness.”

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
British Dictionary definitions for creepiness


adjective creepier, creepiest
(informal) having or causing a sensation of repulsion, horror, or fear, as of creatures crawling on the skin
creeping; slow-moving
Derived Forms
creepily, adverb
creepiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for creepiness



1794, "characterized by creeping," from creep + -y (2). Meaning "having a creeping feeling in the flesh" is from 1831; that of producing such a feeling, the main modern sense, is from 1858. Creepy-crawly is from 1858.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for creepiness



  1. Frightening; scary; hairy: a creepy show about necrophiles (1831+)
  2. Loathsome; disgusting: a creepy little chap with an enormous bow tie (1880s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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