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 creptslither, glide, slink, lurk, sneak, tiptoe, wriggle, snake, inch, pussyfoot, squirm, insinuate, skulk, writhe, grovel, edge, gumshoe, steal, scramble, worm
Examples from the Web for crept
Contemporary Examples of crept
This was music that had to be crept up on, music to be learned from the ground up.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
“It just crept up on me that the grace period is over,” Mulaney says about his subway-chase revelation that he was getting older.Is John Mulaney the Next Seinfeld?
October 5, 2014
At one point, my friends and I crept to my car with four giant kitchen knives in hand.Sororities Finally Take Back the Night
September 12, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of crept
A new respect for him, also a new pity that was generous and not contemptuous, crept into his heart.Viviette
William J. Locke
Hester crept gently towards it, and Amy after her, not attempting to stop her.Weighed and Wanting
Into these last words there crept the pathos of one who knew.
And into his thoughts now crept a doubt, one that alarmed his sense of justice.
We crept along the cañon rim and saw our man at the bottom of it.The Trail Book
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