1. [mid-19C+] to forgo one’s pride and beg unashamedly, to curry favour, to be sycophantic towards.
2. [1910s+] to rob stealthily, to work as a sneak-thief; thus creeping n.
3. [1920s+] (US) of a prostitute, to distract one’s customer while an accomplice slips into the room and rifles through his wallet; since he always has to pay in advance, he won’t check his money until they have parted; also attrib.; thus creeping n.
4. [1920s+] (US black, also make a creep, pull a creep) to flirt, to make sexual advances, to have a clandestine meeting, usu. that between two adulterous lovers; thus creeping n.
5. [1920s+] (US black, also go on the creep) to sneak up on, to stalk someone with malicious intent.
6. [1930s] to ‘walk’, to escape punishment; to be let off.
7. [1960s+] (US prison) to escape.
8. [1980s+] (US black teen) to go about one’s business surreptitiously and quietly.
9. [1980s+] (US campus) to go out on the town.
10. [1990s+] (US black) to ride slowly in a car.
11. [1990s+] (US drugs) to sell marijuana.
12. (US campus) to follow someone by tracking them on social networks; thus n. creeper.
[1910s–70s] (US) a brothel or unwholesome apartment house, esp. one where patrons are robbed.
see separate entry.
[1940s] (US) a brothel or unwholesome apartment house, esp. where patrons are robbed.
[1910s+] (US black) diverting a store cashier’s attention while a confederate opens and robs the till.
( US Black) an adulterous or clandestine lover.
1. [1920s–40s] to cheat, esp. sexually.
2. [1970s+] to sneak up on someone, with the intention of attacking them physically or robbing them.
3. [1990s+] to follow.