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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that creeps.
  • n. Botany A plant that spreads by means of stems that creep.
  • n. See cradle.
  • n. A grappling device for dragging bodies of water, such as lakes or rivers.
  • n. A one-piece fitted garment for an infant.
  • n. A metal frame with a spike or spikes, attached to a shoe or boot to prevent slipping, especially on ice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or a thing who crawls or creeps along the ground.
  • n. Often in plural, a one-piece garment for infants designed to facilitate access to the wearer's diaper.
  • n. A device which allows a small child to safely roam around a room from a seated or standing position.
  • n. A metal plate with spikes, designed to be worn with shoes to prevent slipping.
  • n. Any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creeping; especially a climbing plant of the genus Parthenocissus.
  • n. A treecreeper.
  • n. A small, four-hooked grapnel used to recover objects dropped onto the sea bed.
  • n. The lowest gear of a tractor or truck, also creeper gear, creeper shift.
  • n. A low-profile, wheeled platform whereupon an auto mechanic may lie on their back and gain better access to the underbody of a vehicle.
  • n. A person who creeps people out; a creepy person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, creeps; any creeping thing.
  • n. A plant that clings by rootlets, or by tendrils, to the ground, or to trees, etc..
  • n. A small bird of the genus Certhia, allied to the wrens. The brown or common European creeper is Certhia familiaris, a variety of which (var. Americana) inhabits America; -- called also tree creeper and creeptree. The American black and white creeper is Mniotilta varia.
  • n. A kind of patten mounted on short pieces of iron instead of rings; also, a fixture with iron points worn on a shoe to prevent one from slipping.
  • n. A spurlike device strapped to the boot, which enables one to climb a tree or pole; -- called often telegraph creepers.
  • n. A small, low iron, or dog, between the andirons.
  • n. An instrument with iron hooks or claws for dragging at the bottom of a well, or any other body of water, and bringing up what may lie there.
  • n. Any device for causing material to move steadily from one part of a machine to another, as an apron in a carding machine, or an inner spiral in a grain screen.
  • n. Crockets. See Crocket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which creeps.
  • n. One who cringes; a sycophant.
  • n. In botany, a plant which grows upon or just beneath the surface of the ground, or upon any other surface, sending out rootlets from the stem, as ivy and couch-grass, the common Virginia creeper (Ampelopsis quinquefolia), and the trumpet-creeper (Tecoma radicans). See cut under Bignoniaceæ.
  • n. In ornithology, a term applied to very many birds, mostly of small size and with slender bill, which creep, climb, or scramble about in trees and bushes.
  • n. A specimen of a breed of the domestic fowl with legs so short that they walk slowly and with difficulty, and do not scratch like common fowls.
  • n. A name of various mechanical devices and utensils.
  • n. A low patten worn by women.
  • n. plural Same as creep, 3.
  • n. Same as creepie.
  • n. plural Small andirons or fire-dogs placed between large ones.
  • n. The sandworm, Nereis virens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who crawls or creeps along the ground
  • n. any of various small insectivorous birds of the northern hemisphere that climb up a tree trunk supporting themselves on stiff tail feathers and their feet
  • n. any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creeping


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