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creek

a small stream: A creek runs through the property.
Not to be confused with:
creak – a squeaking or grating sound: The floorboards creak.
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Creek

 (krēk)
n. pl. Creek or Creeks
1.
a. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting eastern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida and now located in central Oklahoma and southern Alabama. The Creek were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s.
b. The Muskogean language of the Creek.
2.
a. A Native American confederacy made up of the Creek and various smaller southeast tribes.
b. A member of this confederacy. In all senses also called Muskogee1.

[From the picturesque creeks near which they lived.]

creek

 (krēk, krĭk)
n.
1. A small stream, often a shallow or intermittent tributary to a river. Also called regionally branch, brook1, kill2, run.
2. A channel or stream running through a salt marsh: tidal creeks teeming with shore wildlife.
3. Chiefly British A small inlet in a shoreline, extending farther inland than a cove.
Idiom:
up the creek (without a paddle) Informal
In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position.

[Middle English creke, probably from Old Norse kriki, bend.]
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creek

(kriːk)
n
1. (Physical Geography) chiefly Brit a narrow inlet or bay, esp of the sea
2. (Physical Geography) US and Canadian and Austral and NZ a small stream or tributary
3. up the creek slang in trouble; in a difficult position
[C13: from Old Norse kriki nook; related to Middle Dutch krēke creek, inlet]

Creek

(kriːk)
npl Creek or Creeks
1. (Peoples) a member of a confederacy of Native American peoples formerly living in Georgia and Alabama, now chiefly in Oklahoma
2. (Languages) any of the languages of these peoples, belonging to the Muskhogean family
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creek

(krik, krɪk)

n.
1. a stream smaller than a river.
2. a stream or channel in a coastal marsh.
3. a recess or inlet in the shore of the sea.
4. an estuary.
Idioms:
up the creek, Slang. in a difficult or seemingly hopeless situation.
[1200–50; Middle English creke, variant of crike < Old Norse kriki bend, crook]

Creek

(krik)

n., pl. Creeks, (esp. collectively) Creek.
1. a member of a loose confederacy of American Indian peoples that in the 18th century occupied the greater part of Georgia and Alabama: forcibly removed to the Indian Territory in 1834–37.
3. the Muskogean language spoken by the Muskogee.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.creek - a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)creek - a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river); "the creek dried up every summer"
brooklet - a small brook
stream, watercourse - a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
2.Creek - any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
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creek

noun
1. inlet, bay, cove, bight, firth or frith (Scot.) The offshore fishermen took shelter from the storm in a creek.
2. (U.S., Canad., Austral., & N.Z.) stream, brook, tributary, bayou, rivulet, watercourse, streamlet, runnel Follow Austin Creek for a few miles.
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creek

noun
A small stream:
Chiefly Regional: branch, kill, run.
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Translations
جَدولخَليج صغير
potokzátoka
bækbiflodbugtindskæringvandløb
poukamapuro
kis öböl
lækurvík, vogur
upelis
līcisupīte

creek

[kriːk] N (Brit) (= inlet) → cala f, ensenada f (US) (= stream) → riachuelo m
up the creek (without a paddle) (= in difficulties) → en un lío or (LAm) aprieto
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creek

[ˈkriːk] n
(= inlet) → bras m de mer
(US) (= stream) → ruisseau m, petit cours m d'eau
to be up the creek → être mal barré
to be up shit creek, to be up shit creek without a paddle → être dans la merde jusqu'au cou
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creek

n (esp Brit: = inlet) → (kleine) Bucht; (US: = brook) → Bach m; to be up the creek (without a paddle) (inf: = be in trouble) → in der Tinte sitzen (inf); (= be completely wrong)auf dem falschen Dampfer sein (inf)
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creek

[kriːk] n (inlet) → insenatura (Am) → piccolo fiume m
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creek

(kriːk) noun
1. a small inlet, especially off a river.
2. (American) a small river.
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