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meanings of creep


  1. To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
  2. To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or oneself.
  3. To slip, or to become slightly displaced.
  4. To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl.
  5. To covertly have sex (with a person other than one's primary partner); to cheat with.
  6. To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
  7. Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
  8. To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn.
  9. To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
  10. To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.


  1. A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something.
  2. The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
  3. Someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric.
  4. The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.
  5. An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
  6. A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.
  7. The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails).
  8. A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills.
  9. In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
  10. A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.


  1. Initialism of Committee to Re-elect the President, which raised money for Richard Nixon's campaign for 1972 reelection.

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