- 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
- (context, 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.
- (context, 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.
- (context, informal, pejorative) An annoying irritating person
- (context, informal, pejorative) A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
verb (creeps, creeping, crept or creeped, crept, creeped, or archaic cropen)
- Stop following me, you !
- (transitive) To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
- Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.
- (transitive) Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
- (transitive) To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
- He tried to past the guard without being seen.
- (transitive) To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
- Prices have been creeping up all year.
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