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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. 2017.
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  • I love to be there just at sundown, because the shadows are spooky and it makes you feel—oh, you know—kind of creepy up your back.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • The thought gave David a creepy feeling on the back of his neck.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • I feel a creepy sensation all over me every time I think of what that rascal might do to get even with Circle Ranch for his upset.

  • The creepy jack-ass, I don't believe he's ever been on a horse in his life!

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • "creepy feelings" and his imperiously strong-minded wife could have but little affinity with one another.

    The Argosy Various
British Dictionary definitions for creepy


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 creepy

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 creepy



  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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