- a person or thing that creeps.
- Botany. a plant that grows upon or just beneath the surface of the ground, or upon any other surface, sending out rootlets from the stem, as ivy and couch grass.
- Often creepers. a one-piece garment for an infant, the lower portion resembling briefs and having snaps or buttons across the crotch for convenience in diapering.
- Chiefly Northeastern U.S. a spiked iron plate worn on the shoe to prevent slipping on ice, rock, etc.
- Also called brothel creeper. Informal. a shoe with a thick, soft sole:She wore a miniskirt and creepers.
- Also called cradle. Automotive. a flat framework on casters, on which a mechanic lies while working under an automobile or the like.
- Ornithology. any of various birds that creep or climb about on trees, especially of the family Certhiidae, as Certhia americana (brown creeper or tree creeper), of the Northern Hemisphere.
- a domestic fowl having malformed, short legs, due to a genetic defect.
- a grappling device for dragging a river, lake, etc.
- Also creep. Slang. a sneak thief.
- Slang. a person who makes persistent sexual advances toward someone, or who cheats on a sexual partner.
- Slang. creep(def 18).
- Slang. a person who follows someone persistently or stealthily; a stalker.
Origin of creeper
Related Words for creeperclimber
Examples from the Web for creeper
Contemporary Examples of creeper
The streets beyond were exotic, dangerous, strange—shanties and creeper weed, the mountains marking the horizon.How Gabriel Garcia Marquez Brought Down Samuel Zemurray, the Banana King
June 7, 2012
Historical Examples of creeper
The esquine partly resembles a creeper and partly a bramble.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Much of Lewes in September is scarlet with Virginia creeper.Highways & Byways in Sussex
I happened to tell her the other day that the vine on the fence was a "creeper."Story of My Life
As I did so my gun caught in a creeper, which suddenly whisked it from my hand.In the Wilds of Africa
Lay it out in the bay,” said Will, “with a creeper at each end.Menhardoc
George Manville Fenn
- 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
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.