Meaning of CREEP in English

CREEP

/ kriːp; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb ( crept , crept / krept; NAmE /) [ v , usually + adv. / 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.

2.

( NAmE ) to move with your body close to the ground; to move slowly on your hands and knees

SYN crawl

3.

to move or develop very slowly :

Her arms crept around his neck.

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.

creep (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

IDIOMS

see flesh noun

PHRASAL VERBS

- creep in / into sth

- creep up

- creep up on sb

■ 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

IDIOMS

- give sb the creeps

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English crēopan move with the body close to the ground , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruipen . Sense 1 of the verb dates from Middle English .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.