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  1. a ridge or groove produced in anything by folding, heat, pressure, etc.; fold; furrow.
  2. a wrinkle, especially one on the face.
  3. the straight, vertical edge or line produced in the front and back of trousers, especially men's trousers, by pressing, as with a steam presser or iron.
  4. Ice Hockey. the marked rectangular area in front of each goal cage, into which an offensive player can skate only if that player has the puck, if the puck is already within the area, or if the goalie is absent.
  5. Cricket.
    1. bowling crease.
    2. popping crease.
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verb (used with object), creased, creas·ing.
  1. to make a crease or creases in or on; wrinkle.
  2. to wound or stun by a furrowing or superficial shot: The bullet merely creased his shoulder.
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verb (used without object), creased, creas·ing.
  1. to become creased.
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Origin of crease

1400–50; late Middle English creeste, crest, apparently special use of crest
Related formscrease·less, adjectivecreas·er, nounun·creased, adjective

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Related Words for creased

crinkle, wrinkle, pucker, pleat, ridge, purse, cockle, plait, bend, crimp, crumple, dog-ear, corrugate

Examples from the Web for creased

Contemporary Examples of creased

Historical Examples of creased

  • The dark skin was creased in fierce wrinkles about the eyes and mouth.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • The tape is first folded and creased by rubbing over an edge.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • It had become a grimace that creased every wrinkle into prominence.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • I'm creased too, at the line where I was bent into the fourth dimension!

    The 4-D Doodler

    Graph Waldeyer

  • He drew forth a creased, yellowed, tattered, time-eaten paper.

British Dictionary definitions for creased


  1. a line or mark produced by folding, pressing, or wrinkling
  2. a wrinkle or furrow, esp on the face
  3. cricket any three lines near each wicket marking positions for the bowler or batsmanSee also bowling crease, popping crease, return crease
  4. ice hockey the small rectangular area in front of each goal cage
  5. Also called: goal crease lacrosse the circular area surrounding the goal
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  1. to make or become wrinkled or furrowed
  2. (tr) to graze with a bullet, causing superficial injury
  3. (often foll by up) slang to be or cause to be greatly amused
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Derived Formscreaseless, adjectivecreaser, nouncreasy, adjective

Word Origin for crease

C15: from earlier crēst; probably related to Old French cresté wrinkled


  1. a rare spelling of kris
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Word Origin and History for creased



1660s, altered from creaste "a ridge," perhaps a variant of crest, via meaning "a fold in a length of cloth" (mid-15c.) which produced a crest. As a verb, from 1580s. Related: Creased; creasing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

creased in Medicine


  1. A line made by folding or wrinkling, as in the skin.
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