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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Examples from the Web for creepers

Historical Examples of creepers

  • They were surrounded by gardens, and quite overgrown with creepers.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • The door had a porch, and this porch was covered with creepers.

    Bulldog And Butterfly

    David Christie Murray

  • These are devoured by the nuthatches, creepers, and chickadees.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • Fortunately the weapon caught one of the creepers, and flew out of his hand.

  • Graceful vines and creepers festoon themselves from bough to bough.

    The Heart of Nature

    Francis Younghusband

British Dictionary definitions for creepers



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 creepers



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