Definition of creek noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    creek

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kriːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kriːk//
     
    Coastlines and the sea, Rivers and lakes
     
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  1. 1(British English) a narrow area of water where the sea flows into the land synonym inlet They drove to the little creek where they kept their fishing boat. See related entries: Coastlines and the sea, Rivers and lakes
  2. 2(North American English, Australian English, New Zealand English) a small river or stream Sandy Creek He stood on the steep bank above Ray’s Creek. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French crique or from Old Norse kriki ‘nook’; perhaps reinforced by Middle Dutch krēke; of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples He stood on the steep bank above Ray’s Creek. They drove to the little creek where they kept their fishing boat.Idioms
    up the creek (without a paddle)
     
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    (informal) in a difficult or bad situation I was really up the creek without my car. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
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