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Creep appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "Turn a creep on?" wonder I, tired now, "no peer can rut!"
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Definition of the noun creep

What does creep mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: creeps

  1. someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
  2. a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
  3. a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: pen = an enclosure for confining livestock
  4. a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body

Alternative definition of the noun creep


  1. The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
  2. A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
  3. A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
  4. The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.
  5. [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.
  6. [context: materials science] An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
  7. [geology] The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
  8. [context: informal, pejorative] An annoying irritating person
  9. [context: informal, pejorative] A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
  10. [context: agriculture] A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.

Definition of the verb creep

What does creep mean as a doing word?

Creep is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
  2. to go stealthily or furtively
  3. grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface)
  4. show submission or fear

Alternative definition of the verb creep


  1. [intransitive] To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
  2. [intransitive] Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
    • [intransitive] To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
      • [intransitive] To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.


        CREEP is a Brooklyn based Electronic music duo formed in 2009. The duo consists of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard. They initially signed to Young Turks, but later formed their own label, CREEP INTL.. CREEP are best known for their single "You" and their work with popular American duo Nina Sky on their debut album Echoes.

        • genre: House music
        • albums: "Days", "Days (Soul Clap remix)", "FACT Mix 213: CREEP", "Echoes"


        1. "Creep" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. Radiohead released "Creep" as their debut single in 1992, and it later appeared on their first album, Pablo Honey. During its initial release, "Creep" was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit. Attendees of Radiohead's early gigs often exhibited little interest in the band's other songs, causing the band to react against "Creep" and play it less often during the mid-to-late 1990s. In 1998, halfway through their OK Computer tour, the band dropped the song from set lists altogether. "Creep" was not played live again until 2001, but it has since reappeared several times on the band's live sets.
        2. "Creep" is the lead single by American girl group TLC from their second album, CrazySexyCool. The song became their first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained there for four weeks. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It was the third most successful single of 1995, finishing behind their other successful hit, "Waterfalls", on the 1995 Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Charts.
          • music by Dallas Austin
          • award:
            • Grammy Award for Best R&B Song nomination for Dallas Austin
            • Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song nomination for TLC
            • Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song nomination for TLC
            • Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song, received by TLC
        3. "Creep" is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, appearing as the seventh track off the band's debut album, Core and later released as a single.
        4. "Creep" is a 1992 single album by Radiohead.
          • also known as Creep (Black Session EP)
          • released on (23 years ago)
        5. "Creep" is the fourth and final single by rap duo Mobb Deep, from their album Blood Money. The song features 50 Cent but the video accompanied with it was made and wasn't released. The B-side of the single is "It's Alright", featuring Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent.
        6. "CREEP" is a cataloged instance, composition.
        7. "Creep" is a 1993 single album by Stone Temple Pilots.
        8. "Creep" is a musical single of Lambretta.
          • released on (14 years ago)
        9. "Creep" is a 1994 single by TLC.
        10. "Creep" is a musical single of Glee Cast.
          • released on
        11. "Creep" is a 2012 single album by deadmau5.
          • released in
        12. "Creep" is a musical single of Postmodern Jukebox.
          • released on


        1. "Creep" is a 2004 independent British horror film written and directed by Christopher Smith, about a woman locked in overnight on the London Underground who finds herself being stalked by a hideously deformed killer living in the sewers below. The film was first shown at the Frankfurt Fantasy Filmfest in Germany on 10 August 2004.
        2. "Creep" is a 2014 comedy horror film directed by Patrick Brice, based on a script written by Brice and Mark Duplass. The movie, which is Brice's directorial debut, had its world premiere on March 8, 2014 at South by Southwest and stars Brice as a man that answers a cryptic Craigslist ad.
        3. "Creep": Murder runs in the family bloodline, and the only hope to stop a brother and sister who share an insatiable appetite for killing lies in a father-and-daughter police team in this blood-spattered effort from low-budget horror legend.


        Creep: In materials science, creep is the tendency of a solid material to move slowly or deform permanently under the influence of mechanical stresses. It can occur as a result of long-term exposure to high levels of stress that are still below the yield strength of the material. Creep is more severe in materials that are subjected to heat for long periods, and generally increases as they near their melting point.

        • also known as Creepová deformace, 蠕变

        Phrases with Creep

        Phrases starting with the word Creep:

        1. creep in
        2. creep up
        3. creep feed
        4. Creep Into
        5. Creep Joint
        6. Creep Someone Out

        Phrases ending with the word Creep:

        1. to creep
        2. Scope creep
        3. Season creep
        4. bracket creep
        5. Feature creep
        6. Mission creep
        7. Christmas Creep

        Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Creep

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        Google previewStructural Geology (2016)

        by Haakon Fossen

        Creep is a fairly general term used for low-strain-rate deformations. Hence...

        Plastic creep is what we are interested in here, and in the current context it is defined as follows: Creep is the plastic deformation of a material that is subjected to a ...

        Google previewHandbook of Physical Testing of Paper (2001)

        by Richard E. Mark, Jens Borch

        Primary creep is the response of the box to the initial period of loading. The deformation rate is rapid at the onset of load application but decreases as the box settles under the load. Secondary creep is a stable phase of continuous deformation ...

        Google previewStress Analysis for Creep (2013)

        by J.T. Boyle, J. Spence

        The principal failure mode due to creep is that of blade rupture", although there is an obvious need to maintain critical dimensions such as the clearance between rotor blades and casing.

        Google previewCharacterization and Modeling to Control Sintered Ceramic Microstructures and Properties (2012)

        Proceedings of the 106th Annual Meeting of The American Ceramic Society, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 2004, Ceramic Transactions by C. DiAntonio

        Creep is a lactor in sinter fomiing; however, because creep is ...

        Google previewProject Management 2.0 (2014)

        Leveraging Tools, Distributed Collaboration, and Metrics for Project Success by Harold Kerzner

        Scope creep is the continuous enhancement of the project's requirements as the project's deliverables are being developed. Scope creep is...

        Google previewIUTAM Symposium on Variational Concepts with Applications to the Mechanics of Materials (2010)

        Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium on Variational Concepts with Applications to the Mechanics of Materials, Bochum, Germany, September 22-26, 2008 by Klaus Hackl

        Solution-precipitation creep is a deformation process typical for high temperatures and moderate stresses whereby 0.4 of the melting temperature and 10−7 of the shear modulus are threshold values for its initiation [21]. The process has a ...

        Google previewFundamentals of Ceramics (2002)

        by Michel Barsoum, M.W Barsoum

        Creep is the slow and continuous deformation of a solid with time that only occurs at higher temperatures, that is,

        Google previewImplantable Devices: Design, Manufacturing, and Malfunction, An Issue of Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, (2014)

        by Kenneth A. Ellenbogen

        Creep In materials science, creep is the spontaneous increase in strain (change in dimension ...

        Google previewEnd-to-End Game Development (2012)

        Creating Independent Serious Games and Simulations from Start to Finish by Nick Iuppa, Terry Borst

        “Feature creep is a big problem in software development and can be the number one reason for delayed deadlines,” Adrian Wright (founder of Max Gaming Technologies) notes. Feature creep is when features keep getting added to a project ...

        Google preview65th Conference on Glass Problems (2009)

        A Collection of Papers Presented at the 65th Conference on Glass Problems, The Ohio State Univ, Columbus, OH, October 19-20, 2004, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 26, Number 1 by Charles H. Drummond, III

        Creep is the response of a refractory material to an applied stress, it is plotted in a number of ways, however the most...

        Google previewEffective Project Management (2013)

        Traditional, Agile, Extreme by Robert K. Wysocki

        Scope creep is the term that has come to mean any change in the project that was not in the original plan. Change is constant. To expect otherwise is simply unrealistic. Changes occur for several reasons that have nothing to do with the ability ...

        Google previewSelected (2010)

        Why some people lead, why others follow, and why it matters by Anjana Ahuja, Mark van Vugt

        Leadership creep is the phenomenon behind every celebrity-endorsed clothing line.

        A third reason for leadership creep is that some of the attributes that make people better warriors or more natural diplomats are generic traits that transcend ...

        Google previewTransparency and Proportionality in the Schengen Information System and Border Control Co-Operation (2008)

        by Stephen Kabera Karanja

        Function creep means data collected for one purpose, being applied to other purposes.

        Google previewMaterials Science for Dentistry (2009)

        by B W Darvell

        Creep is the phenomenon whereby at loads well below the yield point continuous plastic deformation occurs (1§11). The process is very similar to that depicted for Maxwell-type behaviour when the rheological properties of more fluid ...

        Google previewComposite Materials, 6th Japan/US Conference (1993)

        by Kier M. Finlayson, Kenton R. Osborn, Waleed Shalaby

        Introduction Creep is a phenomenon in materials that deform continuously under a constant stress. This material behavior is often more pronounced at high stresses and temperatures. In advanced fiber composites, the fiber is usually regarded ...

        Google previewEncyclopedia of PVC, Second Edition (1992)

        Compounding Processes, Product Design, and Specifications - Volume 3 of 4 (Print) by Leonard I. Nass

        This reduces the extent and tenacity of the network of crystallites, which greatly reduces the creep strength of the material. Processing at too high a temperature causes degradation, dehydrochlorination , and the formation of double bonds, ...

        Google previewA Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering (2013)

        by Anthony G. Atkins, Tony Atkins, Marcel Escudier

        creep The deformation, which increases with time, of a material or structure under constant load (strictly constant stress). A typical creep ...

        Google previewPolymer Science Dictionary (2017)

        by Mark Alger

        creep The progressively increasing strain over a period of time of a viscoelastic material when subject to a continuously applied stress. Together with stress relaxation and dynamic mechanical behaviour, the most ...

        Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1988)

        Volume 28 - Lactic Acid to Magnesium Supply-Demand Relationships by John J. McKetta Jr

        the designer must take into account the low creep resistance of the material. This characteristic is a negligible factor in the design process for most materials at normal atmospheric temperatures. Since it is a major ...

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        Small photo of Creeping green ivy araliaceae species will cover walls trees and buildings or creep along the ground as it is a hardy plant but needs to be regularly pruned for good control.Small photo of Creeping green ivy araliaceae species will cover walls trees and buildings or creep along the ground as it is a hardy plant but needs to be regularly pruned for good control.Small photo of Creeping green ivy araliaceae species will cover walls trees and buildings or creep along the ground as it is a hardy plant but needs to be regularly pruned for good control.Small photo of Arachis pintoi, Amendoim-forrageiro (pinto peanut) ; The small green leaves, trunk creep on ground. Beautiful yellow flowers are suitable for gardening and ornamental plants instead of lawns.Small photo of small white snails creep along gray stone slabs in the garden, one snail is crushed, close-upSmall photo of Arachis pintoi, Amendoim-forrageiro (pinto peanut) ; The small green leaves, trunk creep on ground. Beautiful yellow flowers are suitable for gardening and ornamental plants instead of lawns.Small photo of Arachis pintoi, Amendoim-forrageiro (pinto peanut) ; The small green leaves, trunk creep on ground. Beautiful yellow flowers are suitable for gardening and ornamental plants instead of lawns. More...

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        Quotes about Creep

        Roots creep under the ground to make a firm foundation. Shoots seems new and small, but to reach the light they can break through brick walls. (Jane Goodall)
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        Scrabble value of C3R1E1E1P3

        The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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