Meaning of CREEP in English


I. ˈkrēp intransitive verb

( crept ˈkrept ; creep·ing )

Etymology: Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan; akin to Old Norse krjūpa to creep

Date: before 12th century


a. : to move along with the body prone and close to the ground

b. : to move slowly on hands and knees


a. : to go very slowly

the hours crept by

b. : to go timidly or cautiously so as to escape notice

she crept away from the festive scene

c. : to enter or advance gradually so as to be almost unnoticed

age creep s up on us

a note of irritation crept into her voice

3. : to have the sensation of being covered with creeping things

the thought made his flesh creep

4. of a plant : to spread or grow over a surface rooting at intervals or clinging with tendrils, stems, or aerial roots


a. : to slip or gradually shift position

b. : to change shape permanently from prolonged stress or exposure to high temperatures

II. noun

Date: 1818

1. : a movement of or like creeping

traffic moving at a creep

2. : a distressing sensation like that caused by the creeping of insects over one's flesh ; especially : a feeling of apprehension or horror — usually used in plural with the

that gives me the creeps

3. : a feed trough accessible only by young animals and used especially to supply special or supplementary feed — called also creep feeder

4. : the slow change of dimensions of an object from prolonged exposure to high temperature or stress

5. : an unpleasant or obnoxious person

6. : a slow but persistent increase or elevation

this political inertia…makes budget creep inevitable — Wall Street Journal

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.