[ kree-per ]
/ ˈkri pər /
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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 or having legs extending to the knees, with snaps 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 broth·el creep·er .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.
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How to use creeper in a sentence
Herr Schleierer, a botanist, assured us that he once found upon one tree six and thirty different kinds of creepers and parasites.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
All its gables and nooks were blended and held together by the tender green of the climbing roses and young creepers.Ruth|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
But with a stout heart he struggled on through poisonous morasses, and pushed his way through snaky creepers.In Africa|John T. McCutcheon
The ship itself was enwrapped by interlaced creepers which it had ripped loose from the upper foliage.Spacewrecked on Venus|Neil R. Jones
It was composed entirely of coral, though covered over thickly with creepers of various sorts.In the Wilds of Florida|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for creeper
/ (ˈkriːpə) /
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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