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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creep  \Creep\  (kr[=e]p),  v.  t.  [imp.  {Crept}  (kr[e^]pt)  ({Crope} 
  (kr[=o]p),  Obs.);  p.  p.  {Crept};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Creeping}.] 
  [OE.  crepen,  creopen,  AS  cre['o]pan;  akin  to  D.  kruipen  G. 
  kriechen  Icel.  krjupa  Sw  krypa  Dan.  krybe  Cf  {Cripple}, 
  {Crouch}.] 
  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. 
 
  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.  ``Creeping  vines.''  --Dryden. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creep  \Creep\,  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  creep 
  n  1:  someone  unpleasantly  strange  or  eccentric  [syn:  {weirdo},  {weirdie}, 
  {weirdy},  {spook},  {schmuck}] 
  2:  a  slow  longitudinal  movement  or  deformation 
  3:  a  pen  that  is  fenced  so  that  young  animals  can  enter  but 
  adults  cannot 
  4:  a  slow  creeping  mode  of  locomotion  (on  hands  and  knees  or 
  dragging  the  body);  "a  crawl  was  all  that  the  injured  man 
  could  manage";  "the  traffic  moved  at  a  creep"  [syn:  {crawl}, 
  {crawling},  {creeping}] 
  v  1:  move  slowly;  in  the  case  of  people  or  animals  with  the  body 
  near  the  ground;  "The  crocodile  was  crawling  along  the 
  riverbed"  [syn:  {crawl}] 
  2:  to  go  stealthily  or  furtively:  "..stead  of  sneaking  around 
  spying  on  the  Dronk  house''."  [syn:  {sneak},  {mouse},  {steal}, 
  {pussyfoot}] 
  3:  grow  in  such  a  way  as  to  cover  (a  building,  for  example);  of 
  plants  such  as  ivy  [syn:  {grow  over}] 
  4:  show  submission  or  fear  [syn:  {fawn},  {crawl},  {cringe},  {cower}, 
  {grovel}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  creep  v.  To  advance,  grow,  or  multiply  inexorably.  In  hackish 
  usage  this  verb  has  overtones  of  menace  and  silliness,  evoking  the 
  creeping  horrors  of  low-budget  monster  movies. 
 
 




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