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creep

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /kriːp/ (crept, crept) us  
C2 to move slowly, quietly, and carefully, usually in order to avoid being noticed: She turned off the light and crept through the door. Someone was creeping around outside my window. The spider crept up the wall. The traffic was creeping along at a snail's pace.

creep

noun uk   /kriːp/ informal us  

creep noun (PERSON)

[C] UK someone who tries to make someone more important like them by being very polite and helpful in a way that is not sincere: Making coffee for the boss again? You creep! C2 [C] an unpleasant person, especially a man: He was a real creep - he was always staring at me in the canteen. [as form of address] Leave me alone, creep!
give sb the creeps to cause someone to have uncomfortable feelings of nervousness or fear: Living next to a graveyard would give me the creeps.
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