1. [17C+] a toady, a sycophant.
2. [17C+] a louse.
3. [early 19C] a penny-a-line hack journalist.
4. [20C+] (Und./police) a sneak-thief, esp. when also a prostitute or her accomplice.
5. [1910s+] (orig. US black) an adulterous or cheating lover.
6. [1940s–50s] (US black) a police officer.
7. [1990s+] a burglary committed when the owners are at home.
8. see creep joint n. (3)
[1930s] (US) an opium den where the semi-conscious sleepers are robbed of their possessions.