From (etyl) crepen, from (etyl) .
To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
* 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
- Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.
Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
- One evening, while the Rabbit was lying there alone, watching the ants that ran to and fro between his velvet paws in the grass, he saw two strange beings creep out of the tall bracken near him.
To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
- He tried to creep past the guard without being seen.
To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or oneself.
- Prices have been creeping up all year.
* John Locke
- Old age creeps upon us.
To slip, or to become slightly displaced.
- the sophistry which creeps into most of the books of argument
- The collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep in drying.
To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn.
- The quicksilver on a mirror may creep .
- a creeping sycophant
To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl.
- to come as humbly as they used to creep
To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
- The sight made my flesh creep .
* (move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground) crawl
* (grow across a surface rather than upwards)
* (move slowly and quietly in a particular direction)
* (make small gradual changes)
* creep up on
* creepy / creepy-crawly
* give someone the creeps
* creep someone out
From the above verb.
The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.
(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.
(materials science) An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
(geology) The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
(informal, pejorative) An annoying irritating person
(informal, pejorative) A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
- Christmas creep'''. Feature '''creep'''. Instruction '''creep'''. Mission ' creep
(agriculture) A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.
- Stop following me, you creep !
* bracket creep
* Christmas creep
* feature creep
* focus creep
* function creep ((function creep))
* instruction creep ((instruction creep))
* mission creep ((mission creep))
* requirement creep ((requirement creep))
* scope creep
* season creep
(fishing) An osier basket, such as anglers use to hold fish.
*1897 , William Henley, In Fisherrow :
*:Her great creel forehead-slung, she wanders nigh,
*:Easing the heavy strap with gnarled, brown fingers
A bar or set of bars with skewers for holding paying-off bobbins, as in the roving machine, throstle, and mule.