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 for creep
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crept+(kr[e^]pt)+({Crope">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,
     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.
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              Ye that walk
              The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep.
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     2. To move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from
        unwillingness, fear, or weakness.
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              The whining schoolboy . . . creeping, like snail,
              Unwillingly to school.                --Shak.
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              Like a guilty thing, I creep.         --Tennyson.
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     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.
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              The sophistry which creeps into most of the books of
              argument.                             --Locke.
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              Of this sort are they which creep into houses, and
              lead captive silly women.             --2. Tim. iii.
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     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.
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     5. To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility;
        to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant.
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              To come as humbly as they used to creep. --Shak.
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     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.
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     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.
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     8. To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a
        submarine cable.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Creep \Creep\, n.
     1. The act or process of creeping.
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     2. A distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by
        the creeping of insects.
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              A creep of undefinable horror.        --Blackwood's
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              Out of the stillness, with gathering creep,
              Like rising wind in leaves.           --Lowell.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric [syn: creep,
           weirdo, weirdie, weirdy, spook]
      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 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,
         creep, 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, creep]
      2: to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around
         spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: sneak, mouse,
         creep, pussyfoot]
      3: grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface);
         "ivy crept over the walls of the university buildings"
      4: show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, creep,
         cringe, cower, grovel]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  138 Moby Thesaurus words for "creep":
     SOB, all fours, amble, andante, bastard, bend the knee, bootlick,
     bow, bow and scrape, bugger, claudicate, claudication, couch,
     cower, crawl, crawling, creeping, cringe, crouch, dead march,
     dogtrot, drag, drag along, drag on, drag out, fart, fawn,
     feel creepy, feel funny, flatter, footpace, funeral march,
     go dead slow, go on, go on tiptoe, go slow, grovel, gumshoe,
     gumshoeing, have gooseflesh, have the creeps, heel, hobble, hood,
     hooligan, idle, inch, inch along, jerk, jog, jog trot, jog-trot,
     kneel, kowtow, lay wait, laze, leisurely gait, lick the dust,
     lickspittle, lie in wait, limp, linger, linger on, louse,
     lumbering pace, lurk, meanie, mincing steps, mosey, mother,
     nightwalk, nightwalking, pad, padding, pill, plod, poke,
     poke along, prowl, prowling, pussyfoot, pussyfooting, rack, rat,
     saunter, scrabble, scramble, shadow, shamble, shit, shithead,
     shitheel, shuffle, shuffle along, sidle, sidling, skulk, slink,
     slinking, slither, slouch, slow march, slow motion, snake, snaking,
     sneak, sneaking, squirm, stagger along, stalk, steal, steal along,
     stealing, stinkard, stinker, stoop, stroll, tarry, tippytoe,
     tiptoe, tiptoeing, toadeat, toady, toddle, toddle along,
     totter along, traipse, truckle, trudge, turd, waddle, walk,
     wear on, wiggle, worm, worm along, worming, wriggle

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      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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