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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Creep
  1. 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."Ye that walk The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep." [Milton.]
  2. To move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from unwillingness, fear, or weakness."The whining schoolboy . . . creeping, like snail, Unwillingly to school." [Shak.]"Like a guilty thing, I creep." [Tennyson.]
  3. 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."The sophistry which creeps into most of the books of argument." [Locke.]"Of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women." [2. Tim. iii. 6.]
  4. 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 .
  5. To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant."To come as humbly as they used to creep." [Shak.]
  6. 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."Creeping vines."
  7. 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.
  8. To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.

Etymology: OE. crepen creopen, AS. creĆ³pan; akin to D. kruipen, G. kriechen, Icel. krjupa, Sw. krypa, Dan. krybe. Cf. Cripple Crouch

noun Creep
  1. The act or process of creeping.
  2. A distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by the creeping of insects."A creep of undefinable horror." [Blackwood's Mag.]"Out of the stillness, with gathering creep, Like rising wind in leaves." [Lowell.]
  3. [Mining] 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.
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  1. A slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body ("the traffic moved at a creep")
  2. A pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
  3. A slow longitudinal movement or deformation
  4. Someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
  5. Move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
  6. To go stealthily or furtively
  7. Grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface)
  8. Show submission or fear

From Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan (“to creep, crawl”), from Proto-Germanic *kreupaną (“to twist, creep”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, wind”). Cognate with West Frisian krippe, krûpe, West Frisian crjippa (“to creep”), Low German krepen and krupen, Dutch kruipen (“to creep, crawl”), Middle High German kriefen (“to creep”), Danish krybe (“to creep”), Norwegian krype (“to creep”), Swedish krypa (“to creep, crawl”), Icelandic krjúpa (“to stoop”).

From the above verb.

  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. The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.
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  5. (publishing) In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
  6. (materials science) An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
  7. (geology) The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
  8. (informal, pejorative) someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
  9. (informal, pejorative) A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
    Stop following me, you !
  10. (agriculture) A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.

    Notable Persons Named Creep

    Creep Creepersin is a horror punk, folk music, country music, gothic rock, and industrial music musician, songwriter, screenwriter, filmmaker, film producer, author, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Creep was born on March 13th, 1978 in Anaheim, California, United States. Creep is also known as Skrotar the Conqueror.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Creep

    Dr. Creep was a television master control operator, children's show host, and horror movie host. His most notable accomplishments were from 1972 to 2010. Dr. was given the name Barry Lee Hobart on June 23rd, 1941 in Middletown, Ohio, U.S. Dr. is also known as Dr. Creep. He died on January 14th, 2011.


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    Past life for Creep born Dec 2, 1989

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern India approximately on 1100. Your profession was dancer, singer, and actor.

    You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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