creeper

[kree-per]

noun


Nearby words

  1. creep up on,
  2. creep-feed,
  3. creep-feeding,
  4. creep-grazing,
  5. creepage,
  6. creepie,
  7. creeping,
  8. creeping bent grass,
  9. creeping cinquefoil,
  10. creeping eruption

Origin of creeper

before 1000; Middle English crepere, Old English crēopere. See creep, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for creeper

creeper

noun

a person or animal that creeps
a plant, such as the ivy or periwinkle, that grows by creeping
Also called: tree creeper US and Canadian any small songbird of the family Certhiidae of the N hemisphere, having a brown-and-white plumage and slender downward-curving bill. They creep up trees to feed on insects
a hooked instrument for dragging deep water
Also called: cradle a flat board or framework mounted on casters, used to lie on when working under cars
Also called: daisy cutter cricket a bowled ball that keeps low or travels along the ground
either of a pair of low iron supports for logs in a hearth
informal a shoe with a soft sole
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Word Origin and History for creeper

creeper

n.

Old English creopera "one who creeps," agent noun from creep (v.). Also see creep (n.). Meaning "lice" is from 1570s; of certain birds from 1660s; of certain plants from 1620s.

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