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 creeped
In real life, John Eleuthère du Pont had creeped out Mark from the very beginning.
Although bats may have creeped us out for centuries, their links to emerging infectious diseases are much more recent.
Click on the Google Street View of your house to get creeped out.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds|P. J. O’Rourke|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Actually, “creeped out” and “disturbed” would be better descriptors for the decidedly mixed reaction.Michael Jackson's Crazy Billboard Awards Performance and More Hologram Wins and Fails (VIDEO)|The Daily Beast|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was like an alien emoticon, and it creeped me the hell out.Facebook Is Giving Users More Ways to Express Themselves. And It’s Terrible.|Winston Ross|August 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And Uncle Dick chased it, and nen it unwinded itself and creeped under a big rock.Her Prairie Knight|B.M. Sinclair, AKA B. M. Bower
Every tree-stem I knew by touch of hand, and in my youth I had creeped into every hidie hole that would hold a squirrel.The Men of the Moss-Hags|S. R. Crockett
I creeped into the cave, with a candle, the way I used to do.The Lightning Conductor Discovers America|C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Then I summoned almost superhuman strength, and creeped up the stairs and out into the court.Hot corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated|Solon Robinson
It creeped and crawled among the wagons and carts and horses to Smithfield street.Edith and John|Franklin S. Farquhar
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