1. the feet; the legs; occas. in sing.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Daily Trib. (Bismarck, ND) 5 Feb. 3/3: It’s my wheel, in’t it? [...] My wheel, my creeper, Oh golly, that hurts.|
|in Pittsburgh Courier 29 Nov. 7: These guys always have their peepers on what they really want and their creepers on the path that leads up to it [HDAS].|
|Caste 73: The damn dirt’s so soft my creeper’s sinkin’ in [HDAS].|
2. (US) soft shoes worn by burglars, sneak-thieves and prison guards.
|Life In Sing Sing 247: Creepers. Soft shoes worn by burglars, sneak-thieves and prison guards.|
|Keys to Crookdom 402: Creepers. Rubber-soled shoes.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 56: Creepers. – Felt or rubber-soled shoes worn by prison guards and sneak thieves ; tennis shoes.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|‘Screwsman’s Lament’ in Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 68: Me and Bill shoots round the back, we does the break a treat, / We get in without a sound, because we got creepers on our feet.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 796: creepers – Felt or rubber-soled shoes.|
|Central Sl. 16: creepers A pair of black woven, soft soled shoes usually worn by hoodlum types when they commit crimes at night. An element of gang dress.|
3. see brothel creepers n.