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 creepedslither, glide, slink, lurk, sneak, tiptoe, wriggle, snake, inch, pussyfoot, squirm, insinuate, skulk, writhe, grovel, edge, gumshoe, steal, scramble, worm
Examples from the Web for creeped
Contemporary Examples of creeped
In real life, John Eleuthère du Pont had creeped out Mark from the very beginning.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
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
November 12, 2014
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
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
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.
August 28, 2013
Historical Examples of creeped
It creeped and crawled among the wagons and carts and horses to Smithfield street.Edith and John
Franklin S. Farquhar
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
Then I summoned almost superhuman strength, and creeped up the stairs and out into the court.Hot corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated
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
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
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