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
Synonyms for creep
Related Words for creepingdragging, groveling, crawling, sneaking, inching, shuffling, writhing, skulking, shambling, hobbling, slinking, worming, slithering, squirming, reptilian, horizontal, prostrate, trailing, clinging
Examples from the Web for creeping
Contemporary Examples of creeping
There are some stats to explain why the age of nominees is creeping up.Why Does Oscar Hate Young Men?
November 9, 2014
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?
October 11, 2014
A creeping sense develops that Judy fled not just a stifling culture but a genuine existential threat.Book Bag: Gritty Stories From the Real Montana
Carrie La Seur
October 2, 2014
Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal.The Daily Beast's Best Longreads, Aug 24, 2014
The Daily Beast
August 24, 2014
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
August 16, 2014
Historical Examples of creeping
He shared it with bats and all sorts of creeping insects but this he did not mind.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
She was aware of the creeping fret, the poisons and obstructions of decay.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Inch by inch the brave son of Hanover was creeping up on Lauzanne.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
So fearless were they, that they made nothing of creeping in among the folds of his garments.Tanglewood Tales
The Southern sharpshooters, creeping from tree to tree, began to fire.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
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