adjective, creep·i·er, creep·i·est.

having or causing a creeping sensation of the skin, as from horror or fear: a creepy ghost story.
that creeps: a creepy insect.
Slang. of, relating to, or characteristic of a person who is a creep; obnoxious; weird.

Origin of creepy

First recorded in 1825–35; creep + -y1
Related formscreep·i·ly, adverbcreep·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of creepily

  • We had all as her friends had it conveyed to us and had conveyed it creepily to each other.


    Henry James

  • It moved stealthily and creepily and with a grotesque swiftness.

  • Was it so bitterly cold, so creepily chilly in her rooms, that she felt shivers all down her old, bent back?

  • Still no human being came into sight on that creepily weird wreck.

    Gold Out of Celebes

    Aylward Edward Dingle

  • Creepily, you may conjecture the fierce eyes along the rock edge, but nothing shows.

    With Rimington

    L. March Phillipps

British Dictionary definitions for creepily


adjective creepier or creepiest

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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper