creek

[ kreek, krik ]
/ krik, krɪk /

noun

U.S., Canada, and Australia. a stream smaller than a river.
a stream or channel in a coastal marsh.
Chiefly Atlantic States and British. a recess or inlet in the shore of the sea.
an estuary.
British Dialect. a narrow, winding passage or hidden recess.

Idioms for creek

    up the creek, Slang. in a predicament; in a difficult or seemingly hopeless situation.

Origin of creek

1200–50; Middle English creke, variant of crike < Old Norse kriki bend, crook

OTHER WORDS FROM creek

sub·creek, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH creek

brook creek river streamcreak creek croak
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British Dictionary definitions for up the creek (1 of 2)

Creek
/ (kriːk) /

noun

plural Creek or Creeks a member of a confederacy of Native American peoples formerly living in Georgia and Alabama, now chiefly in Oklahoma
any of the languages of these peoples, belonging to the Muskhogean family

British Dictionary definitions for up the creek (2 of 2)

creek
/ (kriːk) /

noun

mainly British a narrow inlet or bay, esp of the sea
US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a small stream or tributary
up the creek slang in trouble; in a difficult position

Word Origin for creek

C13: from Old Norse kriki nook; related to Middle Dutch krēke creek, inlet
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Idioms and Phrases with up the creek (1 of 2)

up the creek

Also, up shit creek. See up a creek.

Idioms and Phrases with up the creek (2 of 2)

creek

see up a creek.

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