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Creep meaning

creep - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. grow in such a way as to cover ( a building, for example); " ivy grew over the walls of the university buildings"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. To move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from unwillingness, fear, or weakness.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
  10. 10. The act or process of creeping.
  11. 11. A distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by the creeping of insects.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. To move close to the ground, or slowly; move as an insect; grow along the ground, as a vine.

creep - examples of usage

  1. Of course, every one who could walk, creep, or fly headed for the Old Briar- patch the next day at shadow- time, for almost every one knows and loves Peter Rabbit, and of course every one was very anxious to meet Mrs. Peter. - "Mrs. Peter Rabbit", Thornton W. Burgess.
  2. She would just creep in and then, and she was in the habit of getting things that she asked for, and these were put into the book. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  3. " Doesn't it make one's flesh creep to have a mother like that? - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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