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 for creeping
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,
     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.
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              Ye that walk
              The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep.
                                                    --Milton.
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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.
                                                    6.
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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 :

  Creeping \Creep"ing\, a.
     1. Crawling, or moving close to the ground. "Every creeping
        thing." --Gen. vi. 20.
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     2. Growing along, and clinging to, the ground, or to a wall,
        etc., by means of rootlets or tendrils.
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              Casements lined with creeping herbs.  --Cowper.
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     Ceeping crowfoot (Bot.), a plant, the Ranunculus repens.
        
  
     Creeping snowberry, an American plant ({Chiogenes
        hispidula) with white berries and very small round leaves
        having the flavor of wintergreen.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  creeping
      n 1: 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  154 Moby Thesaurus words for "creeping":
     all fours, ambling, amphibian, anguine, atiptoe, atmospherics,
     batrachian, blaring, blasting, blind spot, cautious, cautiousness,
     circumspect, circumspection, claudicant, colubriform, crawl,
     crawling, creep, creeping like snail, crocodilian, deliberate,
     deliberateness, deliberation, drawl, drift, easy, fade-out, fading,
     faltering, flagging, foot-dragging, froggy, gentle, gradual,
     gumshoeing, halting, hobbled, hobbling, honeycombed, idle,
     idleness, indolence, indolent, inertia, inertness, interference,
     languid, languor, languorous, laziness, lazy, leisureliness,
     leisurely, lentitude, lentor, limping, lizardlike, lumbering,
     moderate, nightwalking, noise, on all fours, on tippytoe,
     on tiptoe, ophidian, padding, permeated, pokiness, poking, poky,
     prowling, pussyfooting, reception, relaxed, reluctance, reluctant,
     repent, reptant, reptatorial, reptile, reptilelike, reptilian,
     reptiliform, reptiloid, saturated, sauntering, saurian, scrabble,
     scramble, serpentiform, serpentile, serpentine, serpentlike,
     serpentoid, shot through, shuffling, sidling, slack, slackness,
     slinking, slithering, sloth, slothful, slow, slow as death,
     slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow-crawling, slow-foot,
     slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving, slow-paced, slow-poky,
     slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped, slowness, sluggardy,
     sluggish, sluggishness, snail-paced, snaillike, snakelike, snaking,
     snaky, sneaking, staggering, static, stealing, strolling, swarming,
     teeming, tentative, tentativeness, tippytoe, tiptoe, tiptoeing,
     toadish, toddling, tortoiselike, tottering, trudging, turtlelike,
     unhurried, viperiform, viperish, viperlike, viperoid, viperous,
     vipery, waddling, worming
  
  

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