[ kreek, krik ]
/ krik, krɪk /


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.


    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 forms

sub·creek, noun

Can be confused

brook creek river streamcreak creek croak

Definition for creek (2 of 2)


[ 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for creek (1 of 2)


/ (kriːk) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for creek (2 of 2)


/ (kriːk) /


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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Idioms and Phrases with creek


see up a creek.

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