As the price of gas continues to creep up, it is helpful to find ways to reduce fuel costs.
We'll creep up through the shadow if he goes into the shack.
Presently his eyes began to creep up the paper in front of him.
Sitting on the steps of the Duomo we seem to feel it creep up round our feet telling us stories of a past which is immortal.
And this ladder is for a man to creep up and get in through the bottom?
He told Si there was something walking around in the woods, and he believed it was a rebel trying to creep up on them.
The cans might be treasure, you know, and we can creep up silently.
Palliser voted that we should creep up to the elephants that were in the jungle close to us, instead of going into the high grass.
The sampan into which he stepped, in fact, did not creep up to the shore until evening.
This curve is directed downwards, so that the wasp has to creep up it before reaching the actual orifice of the nest.
Old English creopan "to creep" (class II strong verb; past tense creap, past participle cropen), from Proto-Germanic *kreupanan (cf. Old Frisian kriapa, Middle Dutch crupen, Old Norse krjupa "to creep"), from PIE root *greug-. Related: Crept; creeping.
"a creeping motion," 1818, from creep (v.). Meaning "despicable person" is 1935, American English slang, perhaps from earlier sense of "sneak thief" (1914). Creeper "a gilded rascal" is recorded from c.1600, and the word also was used of certain classes of thieves, especially those who robbed customers in brothels. The creeps "a feeling of dread or revulsion" first attested 1849, in Dickens.
A disgusting and obnoxious person; crud, jerk, nerd •An isolated 1886 use seems to refer specifically to a cringing sycophant rather than a generally repulsive person: The man is nothing but a creep/ poets loyal to Blake and Whitman, the ''holy creeps''/ How to spend our money on making some creepo more creative in the growing world of weirdness
[first form 1930s+ students, second 1950s+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr one who makes one's flesh creep;perhaps generalized fr one who cringes and curries favor]