- creeping bent grass,
- creeping cinquefoil,
- creeping eruption,
- creeping fescue,
- creeping jennie
Origin of creeping
verb (used without object), crept, creep·ing.
- to flirt with or make persistent sexual advances toward someone (often followed by on): He creeps on all the women he meets.
- to cheat on one’s sexual partner: He caught his wife creepin' with the guy who lives next-door.
verb (used with object), crept, creep·ing.
- the gradual movement downhill of loose soil, rock, gravel, etc.; solifluction.
- the slow deformation of solid rock resulting from constant stress applied over long periods.
Origin of creep
Examples from the Web for creeping
There are some stats to explain why the age of nominees is creeping up.
She confessed to harboring a “creeping concern that [Edward Snowden] is not who he purports to be.”From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid?|Michael Moynihan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A creeping sense develops that Judy fled not just a stifling culture but a genuine existential threat.
Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal.
What creeping advances the government has been able to make on some fronts are being matched by setbacks.Ukraine Rebels Boast About Troops and Tanks Coming from Russia|Jamie Dettmer|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has a creeping stem, and grows from one to two feet high.Field and Woodland Plants|William S. Furneaux
He had ridden about thirty miles, and twilight was creeping on.Gladys, the Reaper|Anne Beale
If you come to think of it, this may be why science always has moved so slowly, creeping on from point to point.Romance Island|Zona Gale
Beyond, the heavy after-sea was still rolling; but the Dazzler was creeping up in the shelter of a rocky island.The Cruise of the Dazzler|Jack London
He was carrying his boots and creeping along in his socks—which must be why you never heard him, sir.A Thief in the Night|E. W. Hornung
verb creeps, creeping or crept (intr)
Word Origin for creep
Old English creopan "to creep" (class II strong verb; past tense creap, past participle cropen), from Proto-Germanic *kreupanan (cf. Old Frisian kriapa, Middle Dutch crupen, Old Norse krjupa "to creep"), from PIE root *greug-. Related: Crept; creeping.
"a creeping motion," 1818, from creep (v.). Meaning "despicable person" is 1935, American English slang, perhaps from earlier sense of "sneak thief" (1914). Creeper "a gilded rascal" is recorded from c.1600, and the word also was used of certain classes of thieves, especially those who robbed customers in brothels. The creeps "a feeling of dread or revulsion" first attested 1849, in Dickens.
In addition to the idiom beginning with creep
- creep up on
- make one's flesh creep
- the creeps