creeper

Definitions

  • TREE-CREEPER AND YOUNG
    TREE-CREEPER AND YOUNG
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n creeper 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 creeper a person who crawls or creeps along the ground
    • n creeper any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creeping
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Creeper on tree trunk Creeper on tree trunk

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Creeper 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.
    • Creeper (Bot) A plant that clings by rootlets, or by tendrils, to the ground, or to trees, etc.; as, the Virginia creeper Ampelopsis quinquefolia .
    • Creeper (Zoöl) 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.
    • Creeper A small, low iron, or dog, between the andirons.
    • Creeper A spurlike device strapped to the boot, which enables one to climb a tree or pole; -- called often telegraph creepers.
    • Creeper 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.
    • Creeper 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.
    • Creeper (Arch) Crockets. See Crocket.
    • Creeper One who, or that which, creeps; any creeping thing. "Standing waters are most unwholesome, . . . full of mites, creepers ; slimy, muddy, unclean."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n creeper One who or that which creeps.
    • n creeper One who cringes; a sycophant.
    • n creeper 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. The term is also popularly applied to various plants which are more properly called climbers, as the Canary creeper (Tropæolum aduncum), etc.
    • n creeper 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. Specifically— Any bird of the family Certhiidæ, in any sense of the word. The common or brown creeper is Certhia familiaris.
    • n creeper 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 creeper A name of various mechanical devices and utensils. An iron used to slide along the grate in kitchens.
    • n creeper A low patten worn by women.
    • n creeper plural Same as creep, 3.
    • n creeper Same as creepie.
    • n creeper plural Small andirons or fire-dogs placed between large ones.
    • n creeper The sandworm, Nereis virens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Creeper a creeping plant: a genus of small climbing birds
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. creópan; Dut. kruipen.

Usage

In literature:

Inland there are dense groves of trees, huge tree-ferns, and thick matted creepers.
"The Red Book of Heroes" by Leonora Blanche Lang
Long trailing creepers, rich with blossom, hung on the trees.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
A flowering creeper, which followed a light stem upwards through yard after yard of the material.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
But we are in a perfect duck of a hotel, covered with Virginia creeper, and as close by as can be.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Ask the creeper how the human face, a room and its furniture appear to him.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
The corridors are converted into greenhouses, by means of trellis-work covered with creepers.
"Russia" by Various
The roof and supports were laden with climbing roses, a Virginian creeper, and a passion flower.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
These other dirt creepers are nothing to you, why take you weapons in their cause?
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Just move it someplace else and let the vines and creepers grow over it for a few days.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
How that Virginian creeper has grown!
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
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In poetry:

Now from the creeper's bowery height,
Now o'er the garden wall;
From far-off places, or where first
The wonder did befall.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Oh, the wood with winds a-wrestle!
With the nut and acorn strown!
Oh, the wood where creepers trestle
Tree unto tree o'ergrown!
"The Ramble" by Cale Young Rice
When beeches show like bonnie dames
In dresses russet bright,
An' creepers climb in lingerin' flames?
"Ay, happen, Lad, I might."
"Autumn Tryst" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
From the dwarf oak a tangled creeper swings,
And robed in purple mist, the hills afar
Seem to the eye of fancy crowned like kings,
Each crown a flashing star.
"Four Miles From Any Town" by David Gow
Little points of green push out to greet her,
Little creepers grasp her garment's hem,
Hidden sweetnesses grow ever sweeter
As she bends and brightly smiles at them.
"April" by Susan Coolidge
In rich Virginian woods,
The scarlet creeper reddens over graves,
Among the solemn trees enlooped with vines;
Heroic spirits haunt the solitudes,—
The noble souls of half a million braves,
Amid the murmurous pines.
"Heroes" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

The original sleeper creeper from 1962 — What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.
The last time we heard from Kid Cudi he was creeping us out on 'Creepers' from the G.O.O.D.
I had a couple of days off so my wife and I chose the bike ride near Damascus, Va. Called the Virginia Creeper Trail.
Virginia creeper reaches high into trees, provides ground cover for animals.
The woman, Virginia Creeper, evokes Prince Zandor.
Jeepers creepers, it's already that time of the year for leaf peepers.
The man Columbus police have dubbed the "Hilltop Creeper" was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury yesterday.
Bond Set For "Hilltop Creeper".
Police Investigate New 'Hilltop Creeper' Incident.
Columbus police confirm they are investigating another incident involving a man referred to as the "Hilltop Creeper.".
The man Columbus police have dubbed the " Hilltop Creeper" was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury yesterday.
Bond Set For " Hilltop Creeper".
Police Investigate New ' Hilltop Creeper' Incident.
Columbus police confirm they are investigating another incident involving a man referred to as the " Hilltop Creeper.".
Was the Scare Creepers parade entry too violent to be in the Labor Day parade.
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