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creep·er

(krē′pər)
n.
1. One that moves or progresses by creeping.
2. Botany A plant that spreads by means of stems that creep.
3. See cradle.
4. A grappling device for dragging bodies of water, such as lakes or rivers.
5. A one-piece fitted garment for an infant.
6. creepers A metal frame with a spike or spikes, attached to a shoe or boot to prevent slipping, especially on ice.
7. Slang A person who is a creep, especially one who is considered to be unsettling.

creeper

(ˈkriːpə)
n
1. a person or animal that creeps
2. (Botany) a plant, such as the ivy or periwinkle, that grows by creeping
3. (Animals) Also called: tree creeper US and Canadian any small songbird of the family Certhiidae of the N hemisphere, having a brown-and-white plumage and slender downward-curving bill. They creep up trees to feed on insects
4. (Mechanical Engineering) a hooked instrument for dragging deep water
5. (Automotive Engineering) Also called: cradle a flat board or framework mounted on casters, used to lie on when working under cars
6. (Cricket) cricket Also called: daisy cutter a bowled ball that keeps low or travels along the ground
7. (Furniture) either of a pair of low iron supports for logs in a hearth
8. (Clothing & Fashion) informal a shoe with a soft sole

creep•er

(ˈkri pər)

n.
1. a person or thing that creeps.
2. a plant that grows upon or just beneath the surface of the ground, sending out rootlets from the stem, as ivy.
3. a spiked iron plate worn on the shoe to prevent slipping on ice, rock, etc.
4. any of various songbirds that ascend the trunks and larger limbs of trees.
5. a grappling device for dragging a body of water.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.creeper - any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creepingcreeper - any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creeping
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
2.creeper - a person who crawls or creeps along the ground
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
3.creeper - any of various small insectivorous birds of the northern hemisphere that climb up a tree trunk supporting themselves on stiff tail feathers and their feetcreeper - any of various small insectivorous birds of the northern hemisphere that climb up a tree trunk supporting themselves on stiff tail feathers and their feet
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
American creeper, brown creeper, Certhia americana - a common creeper in North America with a down-curved bill
Certhia familiaris, European creeper - common European brown-and-buff tree creeper with down-curved bill
Tichodroma muriaria, tichodrome, wall creeper - crimson-and-grey songbird that inhabits town walls and mountain cliffs of southern Eurasia and northern Africa

creeper

noun climbing plant, runner, vine (chiefly U.S.), climber, rambler, trailing plant flaming curtains of Virginia creeper
Translations
نَبات مُتَسَلِّـق
popínavá rostlina
slyngplante
kotróhorgonykúszónövény
skriîjurt
tırmanıcı bitki

creeper

[ˈkriːpəʳ] N
1. (Bot) → enredadera f
2. creepers (US) (= rompers) (for baby) → pelele m

creeper

[ˈkriːpər] nplante f grimpante

creeper

n
(= plant, along ground) → Kriechpflanze f; (upwards) → Kletterpflanze f
(= bird)Baumläufer m
creepers pl (US) Schuhe mit dicken Gummisohlen, → Leisetreter pl (inf)

creeper

[ˈkriːpəʳ] n (Bot) → rampicante m

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.
References in classic literature ?
You will remember that Mowgli spent a great part of his life in the Seeonee Wolf-Pack, learning the Law from Baloo, the Brown Bear; and it was Baloo who told him, when the boy grew impatient at the constant orders, that the Law was like the Giant Creeper, because it dropped across every one's back and no one could escape.
At length he spied a dangling creeper about the bigness of one's wrist, and when I reached the trees he was racing madly up it, hand over hand.
Then she swayed, lost her balance, stumbled, staggered, and fell, sliding down over the sun-baked roof and crashing off it through the tangle of Virginia creeper beneath-- all before the dismayed circle below could give a simultaneous, terrified shriek.
The front door walk is bordered with quahog clam-shells -- `cow-hawks,' Janet calls them; there is Virginia Creeper over the porch and moss on the roof.
The red weed was less abundant; the tall trees along the lane were free from the red creeper.
The head and upper part of the body were hidden by a tangle of creeper.
Its plastered front was innocent of any form of creeper, but in the few feet of garden in front a great, overgrown wild rose bush, starred with deep red blossoms, perfumed the air.
The summer-house was choked up by creeping plants; and the appearance of the creepers was followed by the appearance of the birds of night.
The game trail down which he walked had become by ages of use a deep, narrow trench, its walls topped on either side by impenetrable thicket and dense-growing trees closely interwoven with thick-stemmed creepers and lesser vines inextricably matted into two solid ramparts of vegetation.
As the green vines and creepers closed after him, and the explorers were left alone with their possessions piled around them, Ned remarked:
They had strayed a long way off the path, and the jungle was so thick with bushes and creepers and vines that sometimes they could hardly move at all, and the Doctor had to take out his pocket-knife and cut his way along.
The wall between the pillars was entirely covered, to the height of six or seven feet, with creepers, from which hung quantities of ripe fruit and of brilliant flowers, that almost hid the leaves.