noun (used with a singular verb)
Definition for creeps (2 of 2)
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
Related formscreep·ing·ly, adverbnon·creep·ing, adjectiveout·creep, verb (used with object), out·crept, out·creep·ing.un·creep·ing, adjective
The four principal parts of crēopan are crēopan (present infinitive and the dictionary headword), crēap (past tense singular), crupon (past tense plural), and cropen (past participle). The verb has very many bewildering dialect forms, variants, and spellings in Old English and later in Middle English.
Around 1300 we see the first appearance of inflections of weak verbs (also called regular verbs, with no vowel changes), like love, loved, loved, initially in the past tense. William Tyndale’s translation of the Bible (1534) has the past participle crept, replacing the strong form cropen. Some descendants of the Old English strong verb lived on in certain British and American dialects, such as the past tense crope, which shows up in the speech of runaway slave Jim in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884): “I crope out, all a-tremblin’.”
The slang meaning of the noun “an obnoxious, disturbingly eccentric person” arose in the late 19th century, connected with the now obsolete meaning “a person who creeps along; a sneak.”
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
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.”
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|DAILY BEAST
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?|Michael Daly|July 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She just creeps along and crushes down a whole acre of it at one time!When Life Was Young|C. A. Stephens
Old Mr. Creeps accepted the invitation for a couple of days.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Thoughts change to realities, the past creeps close, and dream figures are filled with blood and fire.
Over there one creeps away like a hurt animal because there is nothing else.The Great Prince Shan|E. Phillips Oppenheim
She was weaker and thinner, and her eyes had taken on an alarming, fixed stare, which gave one the creeps.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for creeps (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for creeps (2 of 2)
verb creeps, creeping or crept (intr)
Word Origin for creep
Idioms and Phrases with creeps
In addition to the idiom beginning with creep
- creep up on
- make one's flesh creep
- the creeps