Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
    the traffic moved at a creep
  2. (noun, artifact) a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
  3. (noun, event) a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
  4. (noun, person) someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
  5. (verb, motion) move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
  6. (verb, motion) to go stealthily or furtively
  7. (verb, motion) grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface)
  8. (verb, motion) show submission or fear

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Creep

  1. O.E. creopan "to creep" (class II strong verb; past tense creap, pp. cropen), from P.Gmc. *kreupanan, from PIE base *greug-. Noun use for "despicable person" is 1935, Amer.Eng. 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 th… more

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