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creek1

Syllabification: creek
Pronunciation: /krēk
 
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noun

1North American & Australian/New Zealand A stream, brook, or minor tributary of a river.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1An inlet in a shoreline, a channel in a marsh, or another narrow, sheltered waterway.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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 (without a paddle)

1
informal Be in severe difficulty or trouble, especially with no means of extricating oneself from it.
Example sentences
  • 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.

be up shit creek

2
see shit.

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Creek2

Syllabification: Creek
Pronunciation: /krēk
 
/

noun (plural same)

1A member of a confederacy of American Indian peoples of the southeastern US in the 16th to 19th centuries whose descendants now live mainly in Oklahoma.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2The Muskogean language of the Creek.
Example sentences
  • It has Slovak, Inuit, Creek, and Italian, but its all Greek to me.

adjective

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Of, relating to, or denoting the Creek.
Example sentences
  • 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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