adjective, creep·i·er, creep·i·est.

having or causing a creeping sensation of the skin, as from horror or fear: a creepy ghost story.
that creeps: a creepy insect.
Slang. of, relating to, or characteristic of a person who is a creep; obnoxious; weird.

Origin of creepy

First recorded in 1825–35; creep + -y1
Related formscreep·i·ly, adverbcreep·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of creepy

  • But it made us turn cold and creepy just to think of it, and we said we wouldn't budge.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I am not a coward, said Maya, I dont 118 think I am, but what you say makes me creepy.

  • That is a creepy thing, to have your horse act so, when you don't know why.

  • It sort of scares me, Steve—it's so creepy and crawly looking.

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The thought gave David a creepy feeling on the back of his neck.

    David and the Phoenix

    Edward Ormondroyd

British Dictionary definitions for creepy


adjective creepier or creepiest

informal having or causing a sensation of repulsion, horror, or fear, as of creatures crawling on the skin
creeping; slow-moving
Derived Formscreepily, adverbcreepiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for creepy

1794, "characterized by creeping," from creep + -y (2). Meaning "having a creeping feeling in the flesh" is from 1831; that of producing such a feeling, the main modern sense, is from 1858. Creepy-crawly is from 1858.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper