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creep Explained

creep at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


creep at English irregular forms Of Explained:

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creep at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. creopan "to creep" (class II strong verb; past tense creap, pp. cropen), from P.Gmc. *kreupanan, from PIE base *greug-. Use for "despicable person" is 1935, Amer.Eng. slang, perhaps from earlier sense of "sneak thief" (1914). Creepy (1831) refers to the sensation of creeping in the flesh caused by horror or repugnance. Creepy-crawly first recorded 1858. The creeps first attested 1849, in Dickens. ///

creep at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v past tense and past participle crept /krept/ [I always + adverb/preposition] // [Language: Old English; Origin: creopan]//
1 to move in a quiet, careful way, especially to avoid attracting attention: creep into/over/around etc// --Johann would creep into the gallery to listen to the singers.// --He crept back up the stairs, trying to avoid the ones that creaked.//
2 if something such as an insect, small animal, or car creeps, it moves slowly and quietly: crawl// creep down/along/away etc// --a caterpillar creeping down my arm//
3 to gradually enter something and change it: creep in/into/over etc// --Funny how religion is creeping into the environmental debate.//
4 if a plant creeps, it grows or climbs up or along a particular place: creep up/over/around etc// --ivy creeping up the walls of the building//
5 if mist, clouds etc creep, they gradually fill or cover a place: creep into/over etc// --Fog was creeping into the valley.//
6 BrE informal to be insincerely nice to someone, especially someone in authority, in order to gain an advantage for yourself: creep (up) to sb // --I'm not the kind of person to creep to anybody.//
7 sb/sth makes my flesh creep: used to say that someone or something makes you feel strong dislike or fear// --His glassy stare made my flesh creep.// creep up on / [creep up on sb/sth] phr v//
1 to surprise someone by walking up behind them silently: --Don't yell - let's creep up on them and scare them.//
2 if a feeling or idea creeps up on you, it gradually increases: --The feeling she had for Malcolm had crept up on her and taken her by surprise.//
3 to seem to come sooner than you expect: --Somehow, the end of term had crept up on us.//
creep 2 n [C]
1 informal especially AmE someone who you dislike extremely: --Get lost, you little creep!//
2 BrE informal someone who tries to make you like them or do things for them by being insincerely nice to you: --Don't try and flatter her - she doesn't approve of creeps.//
3 give sb the creeps: if a person or place gives you the creeps, they make you feel nervous and a little frightened, especially because they are strange// --That house gives me the creeps.//
4 mission/cost/grade etc creep: when something gradually starts to go beyond what it was intended to deal with or include// --He denied that giving civilian tasks to the NATO forces was a case of mission creep.//

CREEP at English => English (acronym) Of Explained:

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creep at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Slow change in the dimensions of a material from prolonged stress. Most common metals exhibit creep behavior. In the creep test, loads below those that ordinarily cause plastic flow or fracture are applied to the material, and the deformation over a period of time (creep strain) under constant load is measured, usually with an extensometer or strain gauge. Time to failure is also measured against stress. Once creep strain versus time is plotted, various mathematical techniques are available for extrapolating creep behavior beyond the test times; thus, designers can use thousand-hour test data, for example, to predict ten-thousand-hour behavior. See also testing machine.

creep at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

138 Moby Thesaurus words for "creep":
SOB, all fours, amble, andante, bastard, bend the knee, bootlick,
bow, bow and scrape, bugger, claudicate, claudication, couch,
cower, crawl, crawling, creeping, cringe, crouch, dead march,
dogtrot, drag, drag along, drag on, drag out, fart, fawn,
feel creepy, feel funny, flatter, footpace, funeral march,
go dead slow, go on, go on tiptoe, go slow, grovel, gumshoe,
gumshoeing, have gooseflesh, have the creeps, heel, hobble, hood,
hooligan, idle, inch, inch along, jerk, jog, jog trot, jog-trot,
kneel, kowtow, lay wait, laze, leisurely gait, lick the dust,
lickspittle, lie in wait, limp, linger, linger on, louse,
lumbering pace, lurk, meanie, mincing steps, mosey, mother,
nightwalk, nightwalking, pad, padding, pill, plod, poke,
poke along, prowl, prowling, pussyfoot, pussyfooting, rack, rat,
saunter, scrabble, scramble, shadow, shamble, shit, shithead,
shitheel, shuffle, shuffle along, sidle, sidling, skulk, slink,
slinking, slither, slouch, slow march, slow motion, snake, snaking,
sneak, sneaking, squirm, stagger along, stalk, steal, steal along,
stealing, stinkard, stinker, stoop, stroll, tarry, tippytoe,
tiptoe, tiptoeing, toadeat, toady, toddle, toddle along,
totter along, traipse, truckle, trudge, turd, waddle, walk,
wear on, wiggle, worm, worm along, worming, wriggle

creep at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Slowness): slowness, languor, lethargy, inactivity, crawl, creeping, slackening, delay, lateness, dawdling, lingering, loitering.

[V] (Slowness): move slowly, creep, crawl, lag, linger, loiter, plod, trudge, dawdle, shuffle.

[ADJ] (Slowness): slow, slack, tardy, inactive, leisurely, lethargic, languid, sluggish, slow paced, snail-like, creeping.

[V] (Itch): itch, tingle, creep, thrill, sting, prickle, tickle, titillate.

creep at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb, noun
verb (crept, crept prep.]
1 (of people or animals) to move slowly, quietly and carefully, because you do not want to be seen or heard:
I crept up the stairs, trying not to wake my parents. * I heard someone creeping around the house.
2 (AmE) to move with your body close to the ground; to move slowly on your hands and knees
3 to move or develop very slowly:
A slight feeling of suspicion crept over me.
4 (of plants) to grow along the ground or up walls using long stems or roots
see also CREEPER
5 ~ (to sb) (BrE, informal, disapproving) to be too friendly or helpful to sb in authority in a way that is not sincere, especially in order to get an advantage from them
creep in / into sth to begin to happen or affect sth:
As the doctors became more tired, errors began to creep into their work.
creep up to gradually increase in amount, price, etc:
House prices are creeping up again.
creep up on sb
1 to move slowly nearer to sb, usually from behind, without being seen or heard:
Don't creep up on me like that!
2 to begin to affect sb, especially before they realize it:
Tiredness can easily creep up on you while you're driving.
noun (informal)
1 a person that you dislike very much and find very unpleasant:
He's a nasty little creep!
2 (BrE) a person who is not sincere but tries to win your approval by being nice to you:
He's the sort of creep who would do that kind of thing!
give sb the creeps (informal) to make sb feel nervous and slightly frightened, especially because sb/sth is unpleasant or strange:
This old house gives me the creeps.

Creep at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Creep \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},
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.

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 \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

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.

creep at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric [syn: {weirdo}, {weirdie},
{weirdy}, {spook}]
2: a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
3: a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but
adults cannot
4: 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" [syn: {crawl},
{crawling}, {creeping}]
[also: {crept}]

v 1: move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body
near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the
riverbed" [syn: {crawl}]
2: to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around
spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: {sneak}, {mouse}, {steal},
3: grow in such a way as to cover (a building, for example);
"ivy grew over the walls of the university buildings"
[syn: {grow over}]
4: show submission or fear [syn: {fawn}, {crawl}, {cringe}, {cower},
[also: {crept}]

creep at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » CREEP



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » crepen|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » creopan|crēopan|to creep, crawl|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » kreupanan||to twist, creep|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » ger-||to turn, wind|lang=ine-pro. Cognate with Inter: etyl » frs|- Inter: term » crjippa||to creep|lang=frs, Inter: etyl » nl|- Inter: term » kruipen||to creep, crawl|lang=nl, Inter: etyl » gmh|- Inter: term » kriefen||to creep|lang=gmh, Danish Inter: term » krybe||to creep|lang=da, Norwegian Inter: term » krype||to creep|lang=no, Inter: etyl » sv|- Inter: term » krypa||to creep, crawl|lang=sv, Inter: etyl » is|- Inter: term » krjúpa||to stoop|lang=is.


* Inter: enPR » krēp, Inter: IPA » /kriːp/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /kri:p/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-creep.ogg|Audio (US)

  • Inter: rhymes » iːp


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
    1. A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
    2. A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
    3. The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.
    4. : Christmas creep. Feature creep. Instruction creep. Mission creep.
    5. Inter: context » publishing In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
    6. Inter: context » materials science An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
    7. Inter: geolog » y The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
    8. Inter: informal » pejorative An annoying irritating person
    9. Inter: informal » pejorative A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
    10. : Stop following me, you creep!
    11. Inter: context » agriculture A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.

      Derived terms

      Inter: der-top » gradual expansion or proliferation, negatively

  • bracket creep
  • Christmas creep
  • feature creep
  • focus creep
  • function creep (Inter: w » function creep)

  • Inter: der-mi » d
    • instruction creep (Inter: w » instruction creep)
    • mission creep (Inter: w » mission creep)
    • requirement creep (Inter: w » requirement creep)
    • scope creep
    • season creep

    Inter: der-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » movement of something that creeps
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|пълзене
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kruip|m
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ryömintä, Inter: t+ » fi|matelu
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|rampement|m
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|csúszás-mászás

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|strisciare|m
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|خزیدن
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|rastejar
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|ползание|n|tr=pólzanije

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » small gradual change in a measure
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|пълзене|n

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ryömintä

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » slight displacement
    • Finnish: liikahdus
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|scorrimento, Inter: t- » it|spostamento, Inter: t+ » it|deriva

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|сползание|n|tr=spolzánije

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » gradual expansion or proliferation, negatively
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » publishing: tendency of pages inside of a quire to stand out
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » gradual deformation of material under stress
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|viruminen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|fatigue|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » geology: imperceptible downslope movement of surface
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|свличане

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|scollamento

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » informal: annoyingly unpleasant person
    • Dutch: griezel {{m}}, engerd {{m}}
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nilkki, Inter: t- » fi|karmio
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Knilch|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|antipatico|m, Inter: t+ » it|ruffiano, Inter: t+ » it|lecchino
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|miffo|n, Inter: t+ » sv|äckel|n, Inter: t- » sv|äckelpotta|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » pejorative: frightening or disconcerting person
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|engerd|m|f
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kyylä, Inter: t- » fi|hyypiö

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: trreq » Georgian
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|урод|m|tr=uród|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|отморозок|m|tr=otmorózok|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » agriculture: barrier with small openings
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » creeps|creeping|crept or creeped|crept, creeped, or archaic cropen
  • Inter: intransitiv » e To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
    1. : Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.
    2. 1922, Inter: w » Margery Williams, Inter: w » The Velveteen Rabbit
    3. : One evening, while the Rabbit was lying there alone, watching the ants that ran to and fro between his velvet paws in the grass, he saw two strange beings creep out of the tall bracken near him.
    4. Inter: intransitiv » e Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
    5. Inter: intransitiv » e To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
    6. : He tried to creep past the guard without being seen.
    7. Inter: intransitiv » e To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
    8. : Prices have been creeping up all year.


      * Inter: sense » move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground crawl

  • Inter: sense » grow across a surface rather than upwards
  • Inter: sense » move slowly and quietly in a particular direction
  • Inter: sense » make small gradual changes

    Derived terms

    * creep up on
  • creepy / creepy-crawly
  • decrepit
  • give someone the creeps
  • creep someone out


    Inter: trans-top » move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|زحف|tr=zaHafa
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|пълзя, Inter: t+ » bg|лазя
  • Catalan: arrossegar-se
  • Chinese:
  • : Inter: ttbc » cmn: Inter: t- » cmn|爬|tr=pá|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|匍|tr=pú|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|爬行|tr=páxíng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|匍匐|tr=púfú|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|蛇行|tr=shéxíng|sc=Hani
  • Czech: plazit se
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|krybe
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kruipen
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|rampi
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ryömiä, Inter: t+ » fi|madella
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|ramper

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|kriechen, Inter: t+ » de|krabbeln
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kúszik, Inter: t+ » hu|mászik
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|strisciare
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|這う|tr=hau
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|خزیدن
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|rastejar
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|ползать|tr=pólzat', Inter: t+ » ru|ползти|tr=polztí
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|èalaidh
    • Spanish: arrastrarse, reptar
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|krypa, Inter: t- » sv|kräla
    • West Frisian: Inter: t- » fy|krûpe

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » grow across a surface rather than upwards
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|пълзя, Inter: t- » bg|стеля се
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|krybe
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kruipen
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ryömiä
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|ramper

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|kriechen
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kúszik
  • Japanese: 這う (hau), 伝う (tsutau)
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|стелиться|tr=stelít'sja
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|klänga

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » move slowly and quietly in a particular direction
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|krybe, Inter: t+ » da|liste
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kruipen
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|hiipiä
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|schleichen
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|lopakodik, Inter: t+ » hu|oson

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: 忍び寄る (shinobi-yoru)
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|красться|tr=krást'sja
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|èalaidh
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|smyga

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » change or deviate gradually
    • Dutch: opschuiven
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|hiipiä

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|schleichen
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kúszik

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * crepe, crêpe
    Category: Category:English irregular verbs -
    Category: Category:en:Gaits -
    Translation: ar » creep
    Translation: cs » creep
    Translation: et » creep
    Translation: el » creep
    Translation: es » creep
    Translation: fa » creep
    Translation: fr » creep
    Translation: ko » creep
    Translation: hr » creep
    Translation: io » creep
    Translation: it » creep
    Translation: kn » creep
    Translation: ku » creep
    Translation: li » creep
    Translation: hu » creep
    Translation: mg » creep
    Translation: ml » creep
    Translation: my » creep
    Translation: pl » creep
    Translation: pt » creep
    Translation: ru » creep
    Category: simple:creep -
    Translation: fi » creep
    Translation: sv » creep
    Translation: ta » creep
    Translation: te » creep
    Translation: uk » creep
    Translation: vi » creep
    Translation: zh » creep

    CREEP at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » creep


    Proper noun

    Inter: en-proper nou » n
  • Inter: derogator » y The Committee to Re-elect the President, which raised money for Category: w - :Richard Nixon|Richard Nixon's campaign for 1972 reelection.


    * CRP Inter: qualifier » not derogatory

    External links

    * Inter: pedialit » e


    * crepe, crêpe