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



    BrE BrE//kriːp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kriːp//
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  1. 1[countable] (informal) a person that you dislike very much and find very unpleasant He's a nasty little creep! You little creep!
  2. 2[countable] (British English, informal) a person who is not sincere but tries to win your approval by being nice to you He’s the sort of creep who would do that kind of thing!
  3. 3[uncountable] (in compounds) (often disapproving) the development of a project beyond the goal that was originally agreed The World Bank has been accused of mission creep when seeking to address these concerns. The inclusion of health data on identity cards was condemned as function creep.
  4. Word OriginOld 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.Idioms
    give somebody the creeps
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    (informal) to make somebody feel nervous and slightly frightened, especially because somebody/something is unpleasant or strange This old house gives me the creeps. See related entries: Fear
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: creep