We crept along; every few minutes the driver had to jump out and clear the windshield.
A certain amount of Maryland pride has crept into my consciousness in recent years.
Jacqui Goddard on the ‘horrific’ infection that ‘crept through his body like acid’ and how it spreads.
At least some of that wonder must have crept right off their marriage bower at the Globe.
As French culture has seeped out of its food, American culture has crept in.
It has crept in as an infiltration, as one might call it, from the democratic system.
A new respect for him, also a new pity that was generous and not contemptuous, crept into his heart.
Bob, night after night when all have left I have crept into your office and sat in your chair.
Into these last words there crept the pathos of one who knew.
I crept to him when he slept—I was a small boy then—and I trimmed the beard down to a point.
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]