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n. pl. Creek or Creeks
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.
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.]
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.
up the creek (without a paddle) Informal
In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position.
[Middle English creke, probably from Old Norse kriki, bend.]
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]
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
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]
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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|Noun||1.||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
|2.||Creek - any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma|
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