verb (used without object), crept, creep·ing.
- to flirt with or make persistent sexual advances toward someone (often followed by on): He creeps on all the women he meets.
- to cheat on one’s sexual partner: He caught his wife creepin' with the guy who lives next-door.
verb (used with object), crept, creep·ing.
- the gradual movement downhill of loose soil, rock, gravel, etc.; solifluction.
- the slow deformation of solid rock resulting from constant stress applied over long periods.
Origin of creep
Related formscreep·ing·ly, adverbnon·creep·ing, adjectiveout·creep, verb (used with object), out·crept, out·creep·ing.un·creep·ing, adjective
The four principal parts of crēopan are crēopan (present infinitive and the dictionary headword), crēap (past tense singular), crupon (past tense plural), and cropen (past participle). The verb has very many bewildering dialect forms, variants, and spellings in Old English and later in Middle English.
Around 1300 we see the first appearance of inflections of weak verbs (also called regular verbs, with no vowel changes), like love, loved, loved, initially in the past tense. William Tyndale’s translation of the Bible (1534) has the past participle crept, replacing the strong form cropen. Some descendants of the Old English strong verb lived on in certain British and American dialects, such as the past tense crope, which shows up in the speech of runaway slave Jim in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884): “I crope out, all a-tremblin’.”
The slang meaning of the noun “an obnoxious, disturbingly eccentric person” arose in the late 19th century, connected with the now obsolete meaning “a person who creeps along; a sneak.”
Examples from the Web for creep
Another acquaintance described Seevakumaran as “a creep,” who would “constantly hit on women.”
Of course my very first words to that creep had been, “Which way to the mechanical sharks?”My Time on the Set of 'Jaws,' or How to Get a Photo of a Frickin' Mechanical Shark|Tom Shales|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the price of gas continues to creep up, it is helpful to find ways to reduce fuel costs.
This level of variety is starting to creep into video games as well, and that is all I am truly asking for: options.The Cake Is a Lie: Sexism Isn’t a Boss Gamer Girls Can Beat|Emily V Gordon|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This time, instead of just women in general, he has decided to add his own boring relationship to increase the creep factor.We Should Celebrate Social Media's Slaying of Robin Thicke|Tauriq Moosa|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is just large enough for one of them to creep in—not for two.
Mrs Leslie was downstairs, he therefore hoped that he might be able to creep in and search for the doll without being discovered.Norman Vallery|W.H.G. Kingston
The little party now proceeded to creep around to the front of the shack.The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound|George A. Warren
If the child has been allowed to creep about freely, he will soon be standing.Study of Child Life|Marion Foster Washburne
He loved to run down dry watercourses, and to creep and spy upon the bird life in the woods.The Call of the Wild|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for creep
verb creeps, creeping or crept (intr)
Word Origin for creep
Idioms and Phrases with creep
In addition to the idiom beginning with creep
- creep up on
- make one's flesh creep
- the creeps