Definition of crease in English:

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Pronunciation: /kriːs/


1A line or ridge produced on paper or cloth by folding, pressing, or crushing: khaki trousers with knife-edge creases
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  • Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.
  • A leaf of paper lined with creases from years of unfolding was clutched tightly in his right hand with its yellow and wrinkled envelope held in his left.
  • This includes the creases, folds, dents and crevices.
fold, groove, ridge, furrow, line, ruck, pleat, tuck, corrugation
British rare ruckle
1.1A wrinkle or furrow in the skin, especially of the face, caused by age or a particular facial expression: stubble lines the creases of his face
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  • Tiny wrinkles morphed into deep creases in his skin, by his eyes and near his mouth.
  • The rash is worse under the arms and in skin creases.
  • Most of the scars are hidden within the hair and in the normal creases of the skin.
wrinkle, line, crinkle, pucker, laughter line
(creases) informalcrow's feet
2 Cricket Any of a number of lines marked on the pitch at specified places. See popping crease, bowling crease, return crease.
Example sentences
  • So can you please do us a favour and sweep the pitch and remake the creases?
  • After arriving at the batting crease on the fourth evening, he made a cautious start, scoring only six runs off his first 35 balls.
  • Just have a look at where some of the Aussies take strike and you will see them well in front of their creases and looking to play forward.
2.1 (the crease) The position of a batsman during their innings: England were 15 for 3 overnight, with Stewart and Russell at the crease
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  • Most of the batsmen need more time at the crease, and the position of the third pace bowler is undecided.
  • Suddenly, with two new batsmen at the crease, the runs began to dry up.
  • The batsmen had to stay at the crease for a while before upping the scoring.
3 (the crease) An area around the goal in ice hockey or lacrosse which the players may not enter unless the puck or the ball has already done so: he was caught in the crease without the puck
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  • They'll shoot from the blue line and sweep in pucks around the crease.
  • If a player catches a goalie in the crease it'll be a penalty and the goal will be disallowed.
  • You never want to fire a pass through traffic or slide that puck across the crease - because you'll pay for it.


[with object]
1Make a crease in (cloth or paper): he sank into the chair, careful not to crease his dinner jacket (as adjective creased) a creased piece of paper
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  • Why didn't he crease his paper or write on a piece of foil or something so he could tell them apart?
  • The cloth is creased, the day's newspaper is folded neatly, and an unopened letter to Monsieur Ph. Rousseau awaits its reader.
  • It definitely was a downer, but Tyson creased the paper and shrugged it off nonetheless, with the reminder that he would see his father again.
crumple, wrinkle, crinkle, scrunch up, rumple, line, pucker, crimp, ruck up, gather, furrow
British rare ruckle
press, iron, put a crease in, fold;
corrugate, pleat, tuck
1.1 [no object] (Of a facial feature) be marked by creases, typically as an expression of an emotion: his eyes creased in amusement
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  • Still, she is relaxed, her elfin features creased in a permanent smile.
  • He saw her delicate features creased in a frown of confusion.
  • After some time, the fledgling closed his eyes, head bent and brow creased in an expression of concentration.
2 (crease up or crease someone up) British informal Burst out or cause to burst out laughing: [no object]: Jo could imitate anybody and always made him crease up
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  • I have had buses pull up in front of the house and everybody who sees the gnomes creases up laughing.
  • I ask the mild-looking septuagenarian who is creasing up with laughter at the memory.
  • One morning, my swimming teacher (actually a rather bored history master who'd been drafted in to help out), who had been watching me doggedly ploughing along in this manner, unexpectedly creased up with helpless laughter.
3British informal Hit or punch (someone) hard: clap or I’ll crease you
4(Of a bullet) graze (someone or something): a bullet creased his thigh
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  • Another bullet creased my skull on the other side of my forehead.
  • I felt a sharp tug on my left temple as the bullet creased me before it splat into the armor plate by my head.


Late 16th century: probably a variant of crest.

  • crest from Middle English:

    Crest comes from Latin crista, meaning ‘a tuft or plume’. Crestfallen (late 16th century), meaning ‘dejected’, is an extension of its original use to describe an animal or bird with a drooping crest. Crease (late 16th century) is probably an alternative form of crest, the idea being that a fold in a length of cloth forms a ridge or crest.

Words that rhyme with crease

anis, apiece, Berenice, caprice, cassis, cease, coulisse, Dumfries, fils, fleece, geese, grease, Greece, kris, lease, Lucrece, MacNeice, Matisse, McAleese, Nice, niece, obese, peace, pelisse, police, Rees, Rhys, set piece, sublease, surcease, two-piece, underlease

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