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Etymology

Old English crēopan

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
creep

Plural
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  1. The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
  2. A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
  3. A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
  6. (geology) The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An annoying irritating person
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
    Stop following me, you creep!

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to creep

Third person singular
creeps

Simple past
crept or creeped

Past participle
crept, creeped, or archaic cropen

Present participle
creeping

to creep (third-person singular simple present creeps, present participle creeping, simple past crept or creeped, past participle crept, creeped, or archaic cropen)
  1. (transitive) To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
    Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.
  2. (transitive) Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
  3. (transitive) To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
    He tried to creep past the guard without being seen.
  4. (transitive) To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
    Prices have been creeping up all year.

Synonyms

  • (move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground): crawl
  • (grow across a surface rather than upwards):
  • (move slowly and quietly in a particular direction):
  • (make small gradual changes):

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