Definition of creeper in English:


Line breaks: creep¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈkriːpə


1 Botany Any plant that grows along the ground, around another plant, or up a wall by means of extending stems or branches.
More example sentences
  • Yes muntries are little purple berries and they're the fruit of a shrub, a ground creeper, that grows down in eastern South Australia.
  • The plant, a creeper of the arum lily family, is a native of Mexico and Guatemala.
  • Flowering plants, creepers and hedge shrubs will be planted.
climbing plant, trailing plant; vine, trailer, climber, rambler
2 [with modifier] Any of a number of small birds that creep around in trees or vegetation:
  • (brown creeper)North American The American treecreeper (Certhia americana, family Certhiidae). (brown creeper)NZ A New Zealand songbird (Mohoua (or Finschia) novaeseelandiae, family Pachycephalidae or Acanthizidae).A Philippine songbird (family Rhabdornithidae and genus Rhabdornis: two species).A Hawaiian honeycreeper (genus Paroreomyza, family Drepanididae: three species).
More example sentences
  • One most beautiful and exotic of creepers is cardinal creeper.
  • Brown creepers have just taken over the neighborhood, you hear them everywhere you go.
  • A flock of brown creepers were on most of the trees.
3 informal (creepers) short for brothel creepers.

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