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intr.v. crept (krĕpt), creep·ing, creeps
1. To move with the body close to the ground, as on hands and knees.
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.
1. The act of creeping; a creeping motion or progress.
2. Slang An annoyingly unpleasant, unsettling, 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.]


pl n
the creeps informal a feeling of fear, repulsion, disgust, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.creeps - a disease of cattle and sheep attributed to a dietary deficiency; characterized by anemia and softening of the bones and a slow stiff gait
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
2.creeps - a feeling of fear and revulsion; "he gives me the creeps"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
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I hate to see it sometimes, it creeps so slowly, and always comes in by one window or another.
Never before had she had such a sense of the intolerable length of time that creeps between dawn and sunset, and of the miserable irksomeness of having aught to do, and of the better wisdom that it would be to lie down at once, in sullen resignation, and let life, and its toils and vexations, trample over one's prostrate body as they may
That he now breathes and creeps about on earth is owing all to me
cried Stubb, but this swift motion of the deck creeps up one's legs and tingles at the heart.
Well, one night I creeps to de do' pooty late, en de do' warn't quite shet, en I hear old missus tell de widder she gwyne to sell me down to Orleans, but she didn' want to, but she could git eight hund'd dollars for me, en it 'uz sich a big stack o' money she couldn' resis'.
The parler is splendid and gives you creeps and chills when you look in the door.
An hour or two hence, and the low companions and low habits that I scorn but yield to, will render me less worth such tears as those, than any wretch who creeps along the streets.
When poverty creeps in at the door, love flies in through the window.
Darzee, the Tailorbird, helped him, and Chuchundra, the musk-rat, who never comes out into the middle of the floor, but always creeps round by the wall, gave him advice, but Rikki-tikki did the real fighting.
First one animal trait, then another, creeps to the surface and stares out at me.
To carry warfare sunward is, indeed, their only escape from the destruction that, generation after gener- ation, creeps upon them.
Some humour, or some fever in my blood, At other seasons temperate, or some thought That like an adder creeps from point to point, That like a madman crawls from cell to cell, Poisons my palate and makes appetite A loathing, not a longing.