Creep

Definition of Creep

Pronunciation: krēp
v. t.1.To move along the ground, or on any other surface, on the belly, as a worm or reptile; to move as a child on the hands and knees; to crawl.
[imp. Crept (krĕpt) (Crope (krōp), Obs.); p. p. Crept; p. pr. & vb. n. Creeping.]
Ye that walk
The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep.
- Milton.
2.To move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from unwillingness, fear, or weakness.
The whining schoolboy . . . creeping, like snail,
Unwillingly to school.
- Shak.
Like a guilty thing, I creep.
- Tennyson.
3.To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or one's self; as, age creeps upon us.
The sophistry which creeps into most of the books of argument.
- Locke.
Of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women.
- 2. Tim. iii. 6.
4.To slip, or to become slightly displaced; as, the collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep in drying; the quicksilver on a mirror may creep.
5.To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant.
To come as humbly as they used to creep.
- Shak.
6.To grow, as a vine, clinging to the ground or to some other support by means of roots or rootlets, or by tendrils, along its length.
7.To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl; as, the sight made my flesh creep. See Crawl, v. i., 4.
8.To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
n.1.The act or process of creeping.
2.A distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by the creeping of insects.
A creep of undefinable horror.
- Blackwood's Mag.
Out of the stillness, with gathering creep,
Like rising wind in leaves.
- Lowell.
3.(Mining) A slow rising of the floor of a gallery, occasioned by the pressure of incumbent strata upon the pillars or sides; a gradual movement of mining ground.

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