creep Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “creep” in the English Dictionary

"creep" in British English

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creepverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /kriːp/ (crept, crept)
C2 to ​moveslowly, ​quietly, and ​carefully, usually in ​order to ​avoid being ​noticed: She ​turned off the ​light and crept through the ​door. Someone was creeping aroundoutside my ​window. The ​spider crept up the ​wall. The ​traffic was creeping along at a snail's ​pace.


uk   us   /kriːp/ informal

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 ​unpleasantperson, ​especially a man: He was such a 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 ​uncomfortablefeelings of ​nervousness or ​fear: Living next to a ​graveyard would give me the creeps.
(Definition of creep from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"creep" in American English

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creepverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /krip/

creep verb [I always + adv/prep] (MOVE CAREFULLY)

(past tense and past participle crept  /krept/ ) to move ​quietly and ​carefully, usually in ​order to ​avoid being ​noticed: I crept around the ​corner, hoping my ​brother wouldn’t ​see me.

creep verb [I always + adv/prep] (MOVE SLOWLY)

(past tense and past participle crept) to move very ​slowly: We were creeping along in rush-hour ​traffic.
Phrasal verbs

creepnoun [C]

 us   /krip/ slang

creep noun [C] (PERSON)

a ​person you ​think is ​unpleasant and to be ​avoided: That ​guyupstairs is such a creep.
(Definition of creep from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"creep" in Business English

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creepverb [I]

uk   us   /kriːp/
to ​change very slowly, especially to ​increase: Fuel ​pricesdropped in April, but they are ​starting to creep ​higher now.

creepnoun [U]

uk   us   /kriːp/
slow and gradual ​change, especially when something ​increases: Gasoline price creep has been noticeable recently. The ​economiccrisis now has a new ​dimension: the ​steady creep of ​inflation.
(Definition of creep from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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