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Definition of creep verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    creep

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kriːp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kriːp//
     
    In the phrasal verb creep somebody out, creeped is used for the past simple and past participle.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they creep
    BrE BrE//kriːp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kriːp//
     
    he / she / it creeps
    BrE BrE//kriːps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kriːps//
     
    past simple crept
    BrE BrE//krept//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krept//
     
    past participle crept
    BrE BrE//krept//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krept//
     
    -ing form creeping
    BrE BrE//ˈkriːpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkriːpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of people or animals) to move slowly, quietly and carefully, because you do not want to be seen or heard I crept up the stairs, trying not to wake my parents. I heard someone creeping around the house.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (North American English) to move with your body close to the ground; to move slowly on your hands and knees synonym crawl
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move or develop very slowly Her arms crept around his neck. A slight feeling of suspicion crept over me.
  4. 4[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of plants) to grow along the ground or up walls using long stems or roots see also creeper
  5. 5[intransitive] creep (to somebody) (British English, informal, disapproving) to be too friendly or helpful to somebody in authority in a way that is not sincere, especially in order to get an advantage from them
  6. Word Origin Old English crēopan ‘move with the body close to the ground’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruipen. Sense 1 of the verb dates from Middle English.Extra examples A feeling of dread crept over him. Fatigue was creeping up on her. He crept stealthily along the corridor. He crept up behind me. I could hear someone creeping around downstairs. Suspicion crept into her voice. The cat quietly crept up on the pigeon. Don’t creep up on me like that! He crept forward towards the sound of voices. She crept into her sister’s room. The cat was creeping stealthily through the long grass. Trucks are creeping along Interstate 70 in convoys.Idioms to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my flesh creep. See related entries: Disgust Phrasal Verbscreep in somethingcreep somebody outcreep upcreep up on somebody
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