creek

[ kreek, krik ]
/ krik, krɪk /

noun

U.S., Canada, and Australia. a stream smaller than a river.
a stream or channel in a coastal marsh.
Chiefly Atlantic States and British. a recess or inlet in the shore of the sea.
an estuary.
British Dialect. a narrow, winding passage or hidden recess.

Nearby words

  1. credulous,
  2. credulously,
  3. credé's method,
  4. cree,
  5. creed,
  6. creek war,
  7. creel,
  8. creeley,
  9. creeley, robert,
  10. creep

Idioms

    up the creek, Slang. in a predicament; in a difficult or seemingly hopeless situation.

Origin of creek

1200–50; Middle English creke, variant of crike < Old Norse kriki bend, crook

Related formssub·creek, noun

Can be confusedbrook creek river streamcreak creek croak

Creek

[ kreek ]
/ krik /

noun, plural Creeks, (especially collectively) Creek.

a member of a confederacy of North American Indians that in historic times occupied the greater part of Alabama and Georgia.
Also called Muskogee. a Muskogean language that is the language of the Creek Indians.
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British Dictionary definitions for creek

creek

/ (kriːk) /

noun

mainly British a narrow inlet or bay, esp of the sea
US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a small stream or tributary
up the creek slang in trouble; in a difficult position

Word Origin for creek

C13: from Old Norse kriki nook; related to Middle Dutch krēke creek, inlet

Creek

/ (kriːk) /

noun

plural Creek or Creeks a member of a confederacy of Native American peoples formerly living in Georgia and Alabama, now chiefly in Oklahoma
any of the languages of these peoples, belonging to the Muskhogean family
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Word Origin and History for creek
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Idioms and Phrases with creek

creek

see up a creek.

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