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adjective, creep·i·er, creep·i·est.
  1. having or causing a creeping sensation of the skin, as from horror or fear: a creepy ghost story.
  2. that creeps: a creepy insect.
  3. Slang. of, relating to, or characteristic of a person who is a creep; obnoxious; weird.
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Origin of creepy

First recorded in 1825–35; creep + -y1
Related formscreep·i·ly, adverbcreep·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for creepier

eerie, macabre, sinister, disgusting, ghoulish, awful, terrifying, menacing, disturbing, weird, ominous, frightening, direful, dreadful, gruesome, hair-raising, horrible, itchy, nightmarish, threatening

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adjective creepier or creepiest
  1. informal having or causing a sensation of repulsion, horror, or fear, as of creatures crawling on the skin
  2. creeping; slow-moving
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Derived Formscreepily, adverbcreepiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for creepier



1794, "characterized by creeping," from creep + -y (2). Meaning "having a creeping feeling in the flesh" is from 1831; that of producing such a feeling, the main modern sense, is from 1858. Creepy-crawly is from 1858.

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