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
Synonyms for creep
Related Words for creepslither, glide, slink, lurk, sneak, tiptoe, wriggle, snake, inch, pussyfoot, squirm, insinuate, skulk, writhe, grovel, edge, gumshoe, steal, scramble, worm
Examples from the Web for creep
Contemporary Examples of creep
Another acquaintance described Seevakumaran as “a creep,” who would “constantly hit on women.”School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
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
August 17, 2014
As the price of gas continues to creep up, it is helpful to find ways to reduce fuel costs.Testing Automatic Link, the FitBit for Your Car
Jamie Todd Rubin
July 8, 2014
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
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
July 4, 2014
Historical Examples of creep
Your flesh has never been made to creep: but the cockles of your heart have been warmed.De Libris: Prose and Verse
After a long wait the sergeant suggested that they creep away.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
How do I suffer this passion to creep imperceptibly upon me?Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
They creep about with beds, and go to bed in miles of deserted houses.The Uncommercial Traveller
I am going to dress myself in the seals skin, and creep along the ice.The Field of Ice
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