Origin of creeper

before 1000; Middle English crepere, Old English crēopere. See creep, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

  • I happened to tell her the other day that the vine on the fence was a "creeper."

    Story of My Life

    Helen Keller

  • As I did so my gun caught in a creeper, which suddenly whisked it from my hand.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Lay it out in the bay,” said Will, “with a creeper at each end.


    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for creeper



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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper