Creep v. t. [imp. Crept (Crope Obs.); p. p. Crept; p. pr. & vb. n. Creeping.]
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.
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.
n 1: someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric [syn: weirdo, weirdie,
2: a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
3: a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but
4: a slow creeping mode of locomotion (on hands and knees or
dragging the body); "a crawl was all that the injured man
could manage"; "the traffic moved at a creep" [syn: crawl,
v 1: move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body
near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the
riverbed" [syn: crawl]
2: to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around
spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: sneak, mouse, steal,
3: grow in such a way as to cover (a building, for example);
"ivy grew over the walls of the university buildings"
[syn: grow over]
4: show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, cringe, cower,