- 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.
- 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.
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historical usage of creep
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 Mark Twain’s representation of the Black Southern dialect spoken by the character Jim in 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.”
OTHER WORDS FROM creepcreep·ing·ly, adverbnon·creep·ing, adjectiveout·creep, verb (used with object), out·crept, out·creep·ing.un·creep·ing, adjective
How to use creep in a sentence
Since 1984, he has stood each weekday in a suit behind a podium with a sheet of notes and delivered more than 400,000 clues, each a minor daily inoculation against the creep of lies — or whatever you want to call them.Remembering Alex Trebek, The Man With All The Answers|Oliver Roeder|November 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In real life, John Eleuthère du Pont had creeped out Mark from the very beginning.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer|Marlow Stern|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although bats may have creeped us out for centuries, their links to emerging infectious diseases are much more recent.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved|Carrie Arnold|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
I seed you a-stoopin' down aimin' at somethin', and I jist creeped along a little at a time to see what it was.What Might Have Been Expected|Frank R. Stockton
Up area steps creeped ancient males and females to do what they had done years and years before.The Religious Life of London|J. Ewing Ritchie
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 was a joke, but it gave her a funny, creeped-out feeling.Makers|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for creep
Word Origin for creep
Other Idioms and Phrases with creep
In addition to the idiom beginning with creep
- creep up on
- make one's flesh creep
- the creeps