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.
- creek war,
- creeley, robert,
- creep feeder,
- creep up on,
Origin of creep
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
verb creeps, creeping or crept (intr)
Word Origin for creep
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with creep
- creep up on
- make one's flesh creep
- the creeps