Meaning of creep
Pronunciation: (krēp), [key]
— v., n. crept, creep•ing,
- to move slowly with the body close to the ground, as a reptile or an insect, or a person on hands and knees.
- to approach slowly, imperceptibly, or stealthily (often fol. by up): We crept up and peeked over the wall.
- to move or advance slowly or gradually: The automobile crept up the hill. Time just seems to creep along on these hot summer days.
- to sneak up behind someone or without someone's knowledge (usually fol. by up on): The prisoners crept up on the guard and knocked him out.
- to enter or become evident inconspicuously, gradually, or insidiously (often fol. by in or into:) The writer's personal bias occasionally creeps into the account.
- to move or behave timidly or servilely.
- to grow along the ground, a wall, etc., as a plant.
- to advance or develop gradually so as to infringe on or supplant something else: creeping inflation; creeping socialism.
- to slip, slide, or shift gradually; become displaced.
- (of a metal object) to become deformed, as under continuous loads or at high temperatures.
- to grapple (usually fol. by for): The ships crept for their anchor chains.
- to creep along or over.
- to be frightening or repellent; cause one to experience uneasiness: The eerie stories made our flesh creep.
- an act or instance of creeping.
- a boring, disturbingly eccentric, painfully introverted, or obnoxious person.
- an intelligence or counterintelligence agent; spy.
- the gradual movement downhill of loose soil, rock, gravel, etc.; solifluction.
- the slow deformation of solid rock resulting from constant stress applied over long periods.
- the gradual, permanent deformation of a body produced by a continued application of heat or stress.
- a grappling iron; grapnel.
- the slack in a trigger mechanism before it releases the firing pin.
- a sensation of horror, fear, disgust, etc., suggestive of the feeling induced by something crawling over the skin: That horror movie gave me the creeps.
- creep (Thesaurus)