Examples Word Origin 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
-y 1 Related forms creep·i·ly, adverb creep·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for creepiness Historical Examples of creepiness
creepiness of it had been very real: and the memory remained.
Somet'ing aboudt dis blace gifs me a
creepiness oof der skin.
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. 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 Forms creepily, adverb creepiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for creepiness adj.
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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