We crept along; every few minutes the driver had to jump out and clear the windshield.
Jacqui Goddard on the ‘horrific’ infection that ‘crept through his body like acid’ and how it spreads.
As French culture has seeped out of its food, American culture has crept in.
It crept up on her, Oprah explains, after a thyroid imbalance made working out more difficult.
At least some of that wonder must have crept right off their marriage bower at the Globe.
It has crept in as an infiltration, as one might call it, from the democratic system.
She did not lift an eyelid when Diana opened the door and crept downstairs.
Bob, night after night when all have left I have crept into your office and sat in your chair.
In the darkness of the night, two or three of them crept noiselessly to the unguarded canoes, and stole several articles of value.
I crept to him when he slept—I was a small boy then—and I trimmed the beard down to a point.
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]