noun (used with a singular verb)
Origin of creeps
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 creepsslither, glide, slink, lurk, sneak, tiptoe, wriggle, snake, inch, pussyfoot, squirm, insinuate, skulk, writhe, grovel, edge, gumshoe, steal, scramble, worm
Examples from the Web for creeps
Contemporary Examples of creeps
From creeps and trolls to hoaxes and hackers, these are the things that made us want to say sayonara to the Interwebs this year.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014
The Daily Beast
December 15, 2014
There is a slightly more political bent to the movies, and we all have a political point of view, and it creeps into the films.
She called father and son The Creeps, or just Them, as in “I want to see them brought out feet first.”The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Of course, Creekmore knew the tales about the Killer, and frankly, the house gave him the creeps.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
And nobody fears the spotlight as creeps who would be shown for what they really are.FBI Sting Rescues 105 Kids, Nabs 159 Pimps—But What About the Johns?
July 30, 2013
Historical Examples of creeps
Weird places some of them, too—gives me the creeps to think of them sometimes!The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
It's foolish, but that still and the liquor gives me the creeps.L'Assommoir
I hide the box of bug powder when I hear two other creeps come running.Operation Earthworm
These men gave him the creeps, innocent of all guilt though he was.The Spoilers of the Valley
It gave me the creeps, and that is a sensation that does not bother me very much these days.Frontier Boys in Frisco
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