- crepuscular ray,
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 crept
This was music that had to be crept up on, music to be learned from the ground up.
“It just crept up on me that the grace period is over,” Mulaney says about his subway-chase revelation that he was getting older.
At one point, my friends and I crept to my car with four giant kitchen knives in hand.
I crept to the door: the organ broke out overhead with a blare.
Bending, with a breaking heart, I touched the marble drapery with my lips, then crept back into the silent house.
The shadows had crept apace up the mountain side: her seat was no longer sunny, but she sat down again.
The broken noises of the restaurant, which had seemingly died away while he spoke, crept back again to one's ears.World's War Events, Volume III|Various
A few moments later Elfreda crept over and returned with the stick that she had observed to fall.Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers|Jessie Graham Flower
Shiminya rose, and, beckoning the other to follow, opened and crept through the door of the hut behind him.John Ames, Native Commissioner|Bertram Mitford
They passed, and I crept out into the road again, to stare after them.The Adventures of Harry Revel|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
verb creeps, creeping or crept (intr)
Word Origin for creep
past tense and past participle of creep (v.).
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