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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.]
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pl n
the creeps informal a feeling of fear, repulsion, disgust, etc
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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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References in classic literature ?
I hate to see it sometimes, it creeps so slowly, and always comes in by one window or another.
In the lilt Of winds I hear her whisper: "Oh that I Might melt into the moonbeams, and with them Leap through the void, and shed myself with them Upon my lover." Slow the night creeps on.
Minute by minute the deathly cold creeps nearer and nearer to the lost men.
"He creeps so carefully; he will afford us much pleasure--and we have nothing but him to live for!
This was my purpose: first to creep into my own hut and get my assegais and a skin blanket, then to gain speech with Baleka.
And he who was wont to creep away in dumb shame, fearing the laughter of his fellows, sang now with such beauty and sweetness that they were all of one mind, saying that the Lord Himself had, of His heavenly grace, given to Caedmon this new power.
"Now listen," said Polynesia, "to-night, as soon as it gets dark, I am going to creep through the bars of that window and fly over to the palace.
Heartily, verily, even when I CREEP into bed--: there, still laugheth and wantoneth my hidden happiness; even my deceptive dream laugheth.
For a while the man and woman busied themselves only with keeping out of the way of the two creatures, but finally I saw them separate and each creep stealthily toward one of the combatants.
'Creep in,' said the witch, 'and see if it is properly heated, so that we can put the bread in.' And once Gretel was inside, she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it, and then she would eat her, too.
At this hint, Scragga, looking more evil than ever, advanced a step and lifted his great spear, and at that moment I saw Good's hand creep to his revolver.
yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep -- while I weep!