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.
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Idioms for creep
Origin of creep
synonym study for creep
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 the speech of runaway slave Jim in Mark Twain’s 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
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Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for creeped
verb creeps, creeping or crept (intr)
Word Origin for creep
Idioms and Phrases with creeped
In addition to the idiom beginning with creep
- creep up on
- make one's flesh creep
- the creeps