Definitions for: Creep


[n] a slow creeping mode of locomotion (on hands and knees or dragging the body); "a crawl was all that the injured man could manage"; "the traffic moved at a creep"
[n] a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
[n] a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
[n] someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
[v] move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
[v] to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
[v] grow in such a way as to cover (a building, for example); of plants such as ivy
[v] show submission or fear



Webster (1913) Definition: Creep (kr[=e]p), v. t. [imp. Crept (kr[e^]pt) (Crope
(kr[=o]p), Obs.); p. p. Crept; p. pr. & vb. n. Creeping.]
[OE. crepen, creopen, AS. cre['o]pan; akin to D. kruipen, G.
kriechen, Icel. krjupa, Sw. krypa, Dan. krybe. Cf. Cripple,
Crouch.]
1. To move along the ground, or on any other surface, on the
belly, as a worm or reptile; to move as a child on the
hands and knees; to crawl.

Ye that walk The earth, and stately tread, or lowly
creep. --Milton.

2. To move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from
unwillingness, fear, or weakness.

The whining schoolboy . . . creeping, like snail,
Unwillingly to school. --Shak.

Like a guilty thing, I creep. --Tennyson.

3. To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move
imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate
itself or one's self; as, age creeps upon us.

The sophistry which creeps into most of the books of
argument. --Locke.

Of this sort are they which creep into houses, and
lead captive silly women. --2. Tim. iii.
6.

4. To slip, or to become slightly displaced; as, the
collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep
in drying; the quicksilver on a mirror may creep.

5. To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility;
to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant.

To come as humbly as they used to creep. --Shak.

6. To grow, as a vine, clinging to the ground or to some
other support by means of roots or rootlets, or by
tendrils, along its length. ``Creeping vines.'' --Dryden.

7. To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of
the body; to crawl; as, the sight made my flesh creep. See
Crawl, v. i., 4.

8. To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a
submarine cable.


Creep, n.
1. The act or process of creeping.

2. A distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by
the creeping of insects.

A creep of undefinable horror. --Blackwood's
Mag.

Out of the stillness, with gathering creep, Like
rising wind in leaves. --Lowell.

3. (Mining) A slow rising of the floor of a gallery,
occasioned by the pressure of incumbent strata upon the
pillars or sides; a gradual movement of mining ground.

Synonyms: cower, crawl, crawl, crawling, creeping, cringe, fawn, grovel, grow over, mouse, pussyfoot, schmuck, sneak, spook, steal, weirdie, weirdo, weirdy

See Also: bend, change of location, diffuse, disagreeable person, fan out, flex, formicate, go, locomote, locomotion, move, pen, ramp, slip away, sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, spread, spread out, steal away, travel, travel, travel, unpleasant person, walk

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