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creep

 (krēp)
intr.v. crept (krĕpt), creep·ing, creeps
1. To move with the body close to the ground, as on hands and knees.
2.
a. To move stealthily or cautiously.
b. To move or proceed very slowly: Traffic creeps at that hour.
3. Botany
a. To grow or spread along a surface, rooting at intervals or clinging by means of suckers or tendrils.
b. To grow horizontally under the ground, as the rhizomes of many plants.
4. To slip out of place; shift gradually.
5. To have a tingling sensation, made by or as if by things moving stealthily: a moan that made my flesh creep.
n.
1. The act of creeping; a creeping motion or progress.
2. Slang An annoyingly unpleasant or repulsive person.
3. A slow flow of metal when under high temperature or great pressure.
4. A slow change in a characteristic of electronic equipment, such as a decrease in power with continued usage.
5. A usually unplanned and gradual shift or increase in uses or objectives away from what was originally specified or limited. Often used in combination: the function creep of using social security numbers for general identification purposes; mission creep from a military peacekeeping role to one of providing economic development.
6. Geology The slow movement of rock debris and soil down a weathered slope.
7. creeps Informal A sensation of fear or repugnance, as if things were crawling on one's skin: That house gives me the creeps.
Phrasal Verb:
creep out Informal
To cause (someone) to feel fear or repugnance: The scary movie really creeped me out.

[Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan.]

creep

(kriːp)
vb (intr) , creeps, creeping or crept
1. to crawl with the body near to or touching the ground
2. to move slowly, quietly, or cautiously
3. to act in a servile way; fawn; cringe
4. to move or slip out of place, as from pressure or wear
5. (Botany) (of plants) to grow along the ground or over rocks, producing roots, suckers, or tendrils at intervals
6. (of a body or substance) to become permanently deformed as a result of an applied stress, often when combined with heating
7. to develop gradually: creeping unrest.
8. (Physiology) to have the sensation of something crawling over the skin
9. (Metallurgy) (of metals) to undergo slow plastic deformation
n
10. the act of creeping or a creeping movement
11. slang a person considered to be obnoxious or servile
12. the continuous permanent deformation of a body or substance as a result of stress or heat
13. (Geological Science) geology the gradual downwards movement of loose rock material, soil, etc, on a slope
14. (Mechanical Engineering) a slow relative movement of two adjacent parts, structural components, etc
15. (Metallurgy) slow plastic deformation of metals
[Old English crēopan; related to Old Frisian kriāpa, Old Norse krjūpa, Middle Low German krūpen]

creep

(krip)

v. crept or, sometimes, creeped; creep•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to move slowly with the body close to the ground, on hands and knees, or the like.
2. to approach slowly and stealthily (often fol. by up).
3. to advance slowly and often with difficulty: The car crept up the hill.
4. to sneak up behind someone (usu. fol. by up on): The prisoner crept up on the guard and knocked him out.
5. to become evident gradually (often fol. by in or into): The writer's bias creeps into the story.
6. to grow along the ground, a wall, etc., as a plant.
7. to slip, slide, or shift gradually.
8. (of a metal object) to become deformed, as under continuous loads or at high temperatures.
v.t.
9. Archaic. to creep along or over.
n.
10. an act or instance of creeping.
11. Slang. an eccentric or obnoxious person.
12.
a. the gradual movement downhill of loose soil, rock, gravel, etc.; solifluction.
b. the slow deformation of solid rock resulting from constant stress applied over long periods.
13. Mech. the gradual, permanent deformation of a body produced by a continued application of heat or stress.
14. the creeps, a sensation of fear, disgust, or the like, as of something crawling over the skin: That movie gave me the creeps.
Idioms:
make one's flesh creep, to cause one to be frightened or repelled.
[before 900; Middle English crepen, Old English crēopan; c. Old Saxon criopan, Old Norse krjūpa]

creep


Past participle: crept
Gerund: creeping

Imperative
creep
creep
Present
I creep
you creep
he/she/it creeps
we creep
you creep
they creep
Preterite
I crept
you crept
he/she/it crept
we crept
you crept
they crept
Present Continuous
I am creeping
you are creeping
he/she/it is creeping
we are creeping
you are creeping
they are creeping
Present Perfect
I have crept
you have crept
he/she/it has crept
we have crept
you have crept
they have crept
Past Continuous
I was creeping
you were creeping
he/she/it was creeping
we were creeping
you were creeping
they were creeping
Past Perfect
I had crept
you had crept
he/she/it had crept
we had crept
you had crept
they had crept
Future
I will creep
you will creep
he/she/it will creep
we will creep
you will creep
they will creep
Future Perfect
I will have crept
you will have crept
he/she/it will have crept
we will have crept
you will have crept
they will have crept
Future Continuous
I will be creeping
you will be creeping
he/she/it will be creeping
we will be creeping
you will be creeping
they will be creeping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been creeping
you have been creeping
he/she/it has been creeping
we have been creeping
you have been creeping
they have been creeping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been creeping
you will have been creeping
he/she/it will have been creeping
we will have been creeping
you will have been creeping
they will have been creeping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been creeping
you had been creeping
he/she/it had been creeping
we had been creeping
you had been creeping
they had been creeping
Conditional
I would creep
you would creep
he/she/it would creep
we would creep
you would creep
they would creep
Past Conditional
I would have crept
you would have crept
he/she/it would have crept
we would have crept
you would have crept
they would have crept

creep

The gradual downslope movement of soil or rock fragments, due to gravity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.creep - someone unpleasantly strange or eccentriccreep - someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
2.creep - a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
change of location, travel - a movement through space that changes the location of something
3.creep - a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
pen - an enclosure for confining livestock
4.creep - a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the bodycreep - a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body; "a crawl was all that the injured man could manage"; "the traffic moved at a creep"
locomotion, travel - self-propelled movement
Verb1.creep - move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
formicate - crawl about like ants
2.creep - to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
3.creep - grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface); "ivy crept over the walls of the university buildings"
diffuse, fan out, spread out, spread - move outward; "The soldiers fanned out"
4.creep - show submission or fear
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"

creep

verb
1. crawl, worm, wriggle, squirm, slither, writhe, drag yourself, edge, inch, crawl on all fours The rabbit crept off and hid in a hole.
2. sneak, steal, tiptoe, slink, skulk, approach unnoticed I went back to the hotel and crept up to my room.
noun
1. (Slang) bootlicker (informal), sneak, sycophant, crawler (slang), toady, brown-noser (taboo slang), ass-kisser (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang) He's a smug, sanctimonious little creep.
creep to someone grovel to, pander to, suck up to (informal), kiss someone's ass (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), brown-nose (taboo slang), scrape to, kowtow to, fawn on, toady to, truckle to, insinuate yourself with I can't stand the way he creeps to the bosses.
give someone the creeps (Informal) disgust, frighten, scare, terrify, horrify, repel, repulse, make you wince, make your hair stand on end, make you squirm, make you flinch, scare the bejesus out of (informal), make you quail, make you shrink I've always hated that painting. It gives me the creeps.

creep

verb
1. To move along in a crouching or prone position:
2. To move silently and furtively:
Slang: gumshoe.
3. To advance slowly:
4. To experience a repugnant tingling sensation:
noun
A very slow rate of speed:
Translations
زحفشَخْص مُقْرِفيَتَعَرَّشيَزْحَفُيَزحَفُ
plížit sepopínat sehnusákplazit se
krybelistelortskideriksnige
hiipiähyypiökyylämadellamatelu
gmizatišuljati se
læîastskríîaskríîa, klifra
こっそり歩くはう這う
기다살금살금 움직이다
glumikislēni kustētieslīstrāpotvilkties
hnusobapopínať sa
plaziti seprihuliti se
smygaklängakrypa
เคลื่อนที่อย่างช้าๆคลาน
dalkavukgeçmeksarılmaksessizce çıkmaksessizce sokulmak
bò trườn

creep

[kriːp] (crept (pt, pp))
A. VI
1. [animal] → deslizarse, arrastrarse; [plant] → trepar
2. [person] (stealthily) → ir cautelosamente; (slowly) → ir muy despacio
to creep in/out/up/downentrar/salir/subir/bajar sigilosamente
to creep about on tiptoeandar a or de puntillas
to creep along [traffic] → avanzar a paso de tortuga
to creep up on sbacercarse sigilosamente a algn
3. (fig) it made my flesh creepme puso la carne de gallina
doubts began to creep inlas dudas empezaron a aparecer
an error crept inse deslizó un error
he felt old age creeping up on himsintió como la vida le ganaba años
fear crept over himle invadió el terror
B. N
1. (= person) what a creep!¡qué lameculos es!
he's a creep (= weird) → ¡qué tipo más raro!, ¡qué bicho!
2. it gives me the creepsme da miedo, me da escalofríos

creep

[ˈkriːp] [crept] [ˈkrɛpt] (pt, pp)
vi
(= move quietly) → se glisser
to creep across sth → traverser qch à pas de loup
[plant] → grimper
n
(= person) → saligaud m
he's a creep → c'est un sale type creeps
npl
to give sb the creeps → donner la chair de poule à qn, faire froid dans le dos à qn
It gives me the creeps → Ça me donne la chair de poule., Ça me fait froid dans le dos.
creep up
(= increase) [prices, rate, number] → grimper
creep up on
vt (= approach stealthily) to creep up on sb → s'approcher de qn à pas de loup

creep

vb: pret, ptp <crept>
vi
(= move quietly or slowly)schleichen; (with the body close to the ground, insects) → kriechen; (plants, horizontally) → kriechen; (vertically) → klettern, sich ranken; ivy is a creeping plantEfeu ist eine Kletterpflanze; creeping paralysisschleichende Lähmung; creeping inflationschleichende Inflation; the water level crept higher and higherder Wasserspiegel kletterte immer höher
the story made my flesh creepbei der Geschichte überlief es mich kalt or bekam ich eine Gänsehaut
n
(inf: = unpleasant person) → Widerling m (inf), → widerlicher or fieser Typ (inf); you little creep!du fieser Typ (inf)
(inf) he gives me the creepser ist mir nicht geheuer; this old house gives me the creepsin dem alten Haus ist es mir nicht geheuer

creep

[kriːp] (crept (vb: pt, pp))
1. vi (animal) → strisciare; (plant) → arrampicarsi; (person, stealthily) → avanzare furtivamente; (slowly) → avanzare lentamente
to creep in/out → entrare/uscire quatto/a quatto/a
to creep up on sb → avvicinarsi quatto/a quatto/a a qn (fig) (old age) → cogliere qn alla sprovvista
a feeling of peace crept over him → lo avvolse un senso di pace
it made my flesh creep → mi fece accapponare la pelle
an error has crept in → ci è scappato un errore
2. n (fam) it gives me the creepsmi fa venire la pelle d'oca
he's a creep → è un tipo viscido

creep1

(kriːp) past tense past participle crept (krept) verb
1. to move slowly, quietly or secretly. He crept into the bedroom.
2. to move on hands or knees or with the body close to the ground. The cat crept towards the bird.
3. (of plants) to grow along the ground, up a wall etc.

creep2

(kriːp) noun
(slang) a disgusting person. Leave her alone, you creep.
ˈcreeper noun
a creeping plant.
ˈcreepy adjective
causing feelings of fear etc. The house is rather creepy at night.
ˈcreepily adverb
ˈcreepiness noun
ˌcreepy-ˈcrawlyplural ˌcreepy-ˈcrawlies noun
a small creeping insect.
creep up on
to approach slowly and stealthily. Old age creeps up on us all.
make someone's flesh creep
to scare or horrify someone.

creep

يَزْحَفُ plazit se, plížit se krybe kriechen, schleichen έρπω arrastrarse, moverse lentamente, moverse sigilosamente hiipiä ramper gmizati, šuljati se avanzare furtivamente, strisciare こっそり歩く, はう 기다, 살금살금 움직이다 kruipen, sluipen krype skradać się andar devagar, arrastar-se, rastejar красться, ползти krypa, smyga เคลื่อนที่อย่างช้าๆ, คลาน geçmek, sessizce çıkmak, bò trườn 悄悄地缓慢前进, 爬行
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It was late when she came back, and no one saw her creep upstairs and shut herself into her mother's room.
The boy and his mother saw the cat creep into the door of the bakery and presently emerge followed by the baker, who swore and waved his arms about.
On the farm the weather was the great fact, and men's affairs went on underneath it, as the streams creep under the ice.
And she did sleep; so soundly, so healthfully, that old Lizette without compunction stole softly away, to creep back through the moonlit fields to her own cabin in the new quarters.
Do you keep him under your rifle while I creep in behind, through the bush, and take him alive.
It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.
He had that sense, or inward prophecy, --which a young man had better never have been born than not to have, and a mature man had better die at once than utterly to relinquish,--that we are not doomed to creep on forever in the old bad way, but that, this very now, there are the harbingers abroad of a golden era, to be accomplished in his own lifetime.
Two or three of their number, as I was assured, being gouty and rheumatic, or perhaps bed-ridden, never dreamed of making their appearance at the Custom-House during a large part of the year; but, after a torpid winter, would creep out into the warm sunshine of May or June, go lazily about what they termed duty, and, at their own leisure and convenience, betake themselves to bed again.
They told him stories about the breaking down of men, there in the stockyards of Chicago, and of what had happened to them afterward--stories to make your flesh creep, but Jurgis would only laugh.
The expression of his eyes made her soul sick, and her flesh creep.
It seemed incredible that that thing should creep straight up a sharp slant like the roof of a house--but there it was, and it was doing that very miracle.
I tucked the money- bag in under the lid, just down beyond where his hands was crossed, which made me creep, they was so cold, and then I run back across the room and in behind the door.