There are 2 main definitions of creek in English:

creek1

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Pronunciation: /kriːk
 
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noun

chiefly British
1A narrow, sheltered waterway, especially an inlet in a shoreline or channel in a marsh: a sandy beach in a sheltered creek
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  • Coastal migrants can often be found along tidal creeks, salt marsh edges, and mudflats, rarely on sandy ocean beaches.
  • Between the cliffs and the sea, the rhythmic movement of the tides is forming a new tidal marsh that includes mudflats, tidal creeks, tidal marshes, and tracts of shrubs.
  • Pristine beaches, maritime forests, shimmering marshes, and tidal creeks await your exploration.
Synonyms
tidal inlet, inlet, arm of the sea, estuary, bay, bight, fjord, gulf, sound;
Scottish firth, frith;
in Orkney & Shetlandvoe
technical ria
rare fleet, armlet
1.1North American & Australian /NZ A stream or minor tributary of a river: [in place names]: he drove into Adam’s Creek
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  • They rested by a small creek running through the woods that had started to become more profuse.
  • The seven men had spread out and were riding along the dry creek bed.
  • Her lion tail flicked idly behind her as she walked towards the nearby creek.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Old French crique or from Old Norse kriki 'nook'; perhaps reinforced by Middle Dutch krēke; of unknown ultimate origin.

Phrases

be up the creek

informal
1 (also be up the creek without a paddle) Be in severe difficulty or trouble, especially with no means of extricating oneself from it: if the police raided us I’d be up the creek
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  • The couple and their three children were forced to move to the new house because they had already sold the old one and David said: ‘We're up the creek without a paddle.’
  • Now, to their utter dismay, that hasn't happened and with IRA decommissioning, about to utterly change the face of Northern politics, political unionism is up the creek without a paddle.
  • As for labor market ‘fluidity,’ what that really means is your middle-class job is gone and you're up the creek without a paddle - adios chump.
2British Be stupid or misguided: he said my idea of Catholicism was up the creek

be up shit creek

see shit.

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There are 2 main definitions of creek in English:

Creek2

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Pronunciation: /kriːk
 
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noun (plural same)

1A member of a confederacy of American Indian peoples of the south-eastern US in the 16th to 19th centuries; their descendants now live mainly in Oklahoma.
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  • Joan Hill is a Creek / Cherokee painter who has received numerous recognition awards, grants, and fellowships in the art world.
  • And there is the tale of Jimmy Crowe, a Creek Indian from Okfuskee County, Okla., who, as a teenager, works for the Mennonites as a carpenter and subsequently becomes a preacher.
  • Born to a Creek mother and Shawnee father at Old Piqua, a Shawnee village on the Mad River in Ohio, Tecumseh was raised by an older sister and grew to manhood during the border warfare of the Revolutionary Era.
2 [mass noun] The Muskogean language that was spoken by members of the Creek confederacy.
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  • It has Slovak, Inuit, Creek, and Italian, but its all Greek to me.

adjective

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Relating to or denoting the Creek or their language.
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  • In 1814, a Creek faction, the Red Sticks, rose against settlers in the South but was crushed by General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, Alabama.
  • With the help of a Creek student named James Perryman, Presbyterian minister John Fleming created a phonetic alphabet for Muskogee.
  • After three decades the divisions between those of the traditional and new orders erupted in a Creek civil war.

Origin

from creek, because they lived beside the waterways of the flatlands of Georgia and Alabama.

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