/ kri:p; krip/ v (pt, pp crept)
[Ipr, Ip] move slowly, quietly or stealthily, esp crouching low 慢慢地﹑ 悄悄地或偷偷地移动(尤指弯着腰走): The cat crept silently towards the bird. 那只猫一声不响地接近那只鸟. * She crept up to him from behind. 她从後面蹑手蹑脚地走近他. * The thief crept along the corridor. 那个贼偷偷摸摸地穿过走廊. * (fig 比喻) A feeling of drowsiness crept over him. 他不禁感到昏昏欲睡. * (fig 比喻) Old age creeps up on you (ie approaches you stealthily) before you realize it. 人不知不觉地就变老了. =>Usage at prowl 用法见prowl.
[I, Ipr, Ip] (of plants) grow along the ground, up walls, etc (指植物)蔓生, 匍匐, 攀附: Ivy had crept up the castle walls. 常春藤爬上了城堡的围墙. * a creeping vine 蔓生的葡萄树.
(idm 习语) make one's/sb's flesh crawl/creep => flesh.
> creep n
1 (infml derog 口, 贬) person who tries to win sb's favour by always agreeing with him, doing things for him, etc 溜须拍马的人.
2 (idm 习语) give sb the `creeps (infml 口) (a) (of fear or horror) cause an unpleasant sensation in the skin, as if things are creeping over it (指恐惧或憎恶)毛骨悚然, 汗毛直竖, 起鸡皮疙瘩. (b) make sb feel extreme dislike; repel sb 使某人厌恶或反感: I don't like him: he gives me the creeps. 我不喜欢他, 他这人很讨厌.
creeping adj [attrib 作定语] (of sth bad) gradual (指坏事)逐渐发展的, 日趋严重的: The disease results in creeping paralysis. 这种病可发展成脊髓痨. * creeping inflation in the housing market 房产价格的不断上涨.