noun (used with a singular verb)
- creeping fescue,
- creeping jennie,
- creeping jesus,
- creeping juniper,
- creeping thistle,
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
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
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