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

Examples from the Web for creepiness

Historical Examples of creepiness

  • But the creepiness of it had been very real: and the memory remained.

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver

  • Somet'ing aboudt dis blace gifs me a creepiness oof der skin.

    Motor Matt's Air Ship

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • Wherein lies the decided element of creepiness contained in my next story?

  • I can never conquer a creepiness of the spine as I listen to one of these tragedies.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding

  • It reads like the production of a bad nightmare, and produces a creepiness of the flesh.

    The Hypocrite

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

British Dictionary definitions for creepiness


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 creepiness



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