1. to forgo one’s pride and beg unashamedly, to curry favour, to be sycophantic towards.
|Mud on the Hoofs III i: I don’t creep, I don’t. Not for any woman.|
2. to rob stealthily, to work as a sneak-thief; thus creeping n.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl.|
|Phenomena in Crime 63: Just been pulled in for hotel creeping.|
|Cool Hand Luke (1967) 86: Pulling five years for creeping the Miami mansion of Al Capone’s brother.|
|(ref. to 1930s–70s) Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 206: Creep – To make an entrance from the roof.|
|Central Sl. 16: creepin, to be [...] A manner by which to commit a burglary. ‘When I do a burglary I be creepin.’.|
|Another Day in Paradise 183: ‘Got a jewelry store and a dope connection.’ [...] ‘What’s the setup? Creep em [?]’.|
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 12 [TV script] We got paid by the can to creep shit off the docks.‘Port in a Storm’|
|Guardian 23 Jan. 6: If they are creeping a ‘drum’ (house), aware that the residents are asleep upstairs, they will confine activities to downstairs.|
|Viva La Madness 281: A specialist scavenger, getting his tackle creeping City hotels.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 202: Prior to the break-in he had discussed the possibility of creeping that particular crib.|
3. (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.
|Chicago May (1929) 259: Panelling, or creeping, only carries eighteen months, because the John went to the room of his own accord.|
|(con. 1900s) Behind The Green Lights 71: ‘Creep and panel’ cases were extremely difficult to handle for the victims seldom dared to complain.|
|On the Stroll 114: You could start doin a little creepin [...] Basically it’s very simple. After the john takes his pants off, you make sure they’re hangin over a chair right near the door. Then when you’re workin him over, another ho [...] will creep into the room, slip out the wallet, take out the cake, and put the empty wallet back. If you’re doin your job, trick’s too busy to notice a thing.|
4. (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.
|Negro and His Songs (1964) 173: I ask jailer, ‘Captain, how can I sleep? / All ’round my bedside polices creep.’.|
|‘Too Late’ [lyrics] I’m tired of your deceivin’ and I can’t stand your creepin’, I’m gone.|
|Current Sl. V:2 6: Creep, v. To sneak out to see someone of the opposite sex.|
|Third Ear n.p.: creep v. 1. to cheat on a friend; to twotime a person; e.g. She’s trying to creep on him.|
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words 80: To be unfaithful [...] making a creep or pulling a creep.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 140: Creep on a nigger’s woman! One of yo’ partners got a broad and you jus’ creep, go over dere and don’t let nobody know [...] Tha’s like committing adultery.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 2: creep – try to steal someone’s mate: ‘I saw you looking at my girl. Are you trying to creep me?’.|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] creepin’ v. When a person is ‘sneaking around’, cheating on his or her boy/girlfriend.|
5. (US black, also go on the creep) to sneak up on, to stalk someone with malicious intent.
|Capricornia (1939) 253: He was not above creeping on her while she dressed.|
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 86: Thae Tongs go on the creep nooadays, lyin in wait fur ye in yir close fur hours an’ jumpin’ ye when ye come hame.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 233: creep [...] 5. Sneak up on someone, often with assault or robbery in mind.|
|‘Gangsta Gangsta’ [lyrics] See a nigga on Daytons and we creep / Real slow and before you know / I had my shotgun pointed in the window.|
6. to ‘walk’, to escape punishment; to be let off.
|Gilt Kid 280: Knowing there’s a thin chance he’ll creep, says he’ll go for trial.|
|They Drive by Night 225: Give yourself up. Box clever and I expect you’ll creep.|
7. (US prison) to escape.
|On the Yard (2002) 207: Even those who managed to creep were reapprehended with stifling regularity.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 233: creep [...] 6. Steal away.|
8. (US black teen) to go about one’s business surreptitiously and quietly.
|Third Ear n.p.: creep v. […] 2. to leave. 3. to go to a place; e.g. I’m going to creep on down to the store.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 140: Creep on yo’ old man. You say you goin’ out wid d’ girls to d’ movies. Really you be out wid another brother.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 3: creep – sneak around.|
|‘Third Rail’ [lyrics] Creepin’ in the night, fleekin’ on the mic.|
9. (US campus) to go out on the town.
|AS L:1/2 57: creep vi Go out on the town at night.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
10. (US black) to ride slowly in a car.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 233: creep [...] 4. Drive slowly, often with only parking lights on.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] creep v [...] 2. to drive by in a car slowly with the driver’s seat reclined.|
11. (US drugs) to sell marijuana.
|Spidertown (1994) 10: Hangin’ out an’ creepin’ reefa around (nickel bag part reefa, part rug fibers dash oregano with a little roach spray f’ flavor).|
12. (US campus) to follow someone by tracking them on social networks; thus n. creeper.
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011 3: CREEP — follow someone via online social networks: ‘Hey, girl, sorry to be creeping, but I noticed your status said ‘working on Engl 313 homework’. I’m in there too.(ed.)|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011 3: CREEPER — someone who follows another via online social networks: ‘My mom knew about the party from looking at my profile pictures on Facebook. She is such a creeper.’ .(ed.)|
(US) a brothel or unwholesome apartment house, esp. one where patrons are robbed.
|Commercialized Prostitution in N.Y. City 77: A ‘creep house’ is a place where women take men to rob them.|
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 367: It was a creep house where men took rooms and [...] the night manager sent them girls to assuage their sexual appetites.|
|Lively Commerce 27: A ‘creep house’ is a place to which men are taken by prostitutes to be robbed.|
see separate entry.
(US) a brothel or unwholesome apartment house, esp. where patrons are robbed.
|Really the Blues 372/2: Creep pad: a whorehouse where the girls are pickpockets.|
(US black) diverting a store cashier’s attention while a confederate opens and robs the till.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
( US Black) an adulterous or clandestine lover.
|Blues Fell this Morning 96: The cuckolded husband [...] cannot believe that the woman that he has admired and on whom he has depended so much has taken a ‘creeping man’.|
1. to cheat, esp. sexually.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 23: A situation in which the would-be friend ‘creeps’ on their young lady or young man.|
2. to sneak up on someone, with the intention of attacking them physically or robbing them.
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 202: creep on, v. – to sneak up on someone with mayhem in mind.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 185: Somebody be on flake, like people gonna creep on dem.|
3. to follow.
|‘187’ [lyrics] So I creep on that ass, pops him and drops him.|