The deathless man character had been creeping around in other things I had written, so he came next.
Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News last week, Dick Morris called the plan “creeping euthanasia.”
Despite recent successes, your emotional life has had a way of creeping up on you.
A creeping sense develops that Judy fled not just a stifling culture but a genuine existential threat.
Since 2000, the average age of Republican voters has been creeping up toward 50.
She shuddered, as if a snake or a scorpion were creeping towards her.
Her face was scarlet and two tears were creeping down her checks.
The boy fell back on the hay and slept, until Braisted, creeping up behind, startled him with terrific yells in his ears.
Darkness was creeping into the forest when he came out on the wood-road.
The battery should be set up in as cool a place as possible, as heat is very conducive to creeping.
Old English creopan "to creep" (class II strong verb; past tense creap, past participle cropen), from Proto-Germanic *kreupanan (cf. Old Frisian kriapa, Middle Dutch crupen, Old Norse krjupa "to creep"), from PIE root *greug-. Related: Crept; creeping.
"a creeping motion," 1818, from creep (v.). Meaning "despicable person" is 1935, American English slang, perhaps from earlier sense of "sneak thief" (1914). Creeper "a gilded rascal" is recorded from c.1600, and the word also was used of certain classes of thieves, especially those who robbed customers in brothels. The creeps "a feeling of dread or revulsion" first attested 1849, in Dickens.
A disgusting and obnoxious person; crud, jerk, nerd •An isolated 1886 use seems to refer specifically to a cringing sycophant rather than a generally repulsive person: The man is nothing but a creep/ poets loyal to Blake and Whitman, the ''holy creeps''/ How to spend our money on making some creepo more creative in the growing world of weirdness
[first form 1930s+ students, second 1950s+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr one who makes one's flesh creep;perhaps generalized fr one who cringes and curries favor]