creeping creep‧ing [ˈkriːpɪŋ] adjective [only before a noun] disapproving
gradually becoming stronger and gaining more influence, but so slowly that people do not notice:

• legislation that paved the way for the creeping privatisation of the health service

• Creeping inflation during the 1960s and periods of rapid inflation in the 1970s and 1980s reduced the value of the currency.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Creeping — Creep ing, a. 1. Crawling, or moving close to the ground. Every creeping thing. Gen. vi. 20. [1913 Webster] 2. Growing along, and clinging to, the ground, or to a wall, etc., by means of rootlets or tendrils. [1913 Webster] Casements lined with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Creeping — Creep Creep (kr[=e]p), v. t. [imp. {Crept} (kr[e^]pt) ({Crope} (kr[=o]p), Obs.); p. p. {Crept}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Creeping}.] [OE. crepen, creopen, AS. cre[ o]pan; akin to D. kruipen, G. kriechen, Icel. krjupa, Sw. krypa, Dan. krybe. Cf. {Cripple} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creeping — ● creep ou creeping nom masculin (anglais to creep, ramper, ou creeping, reptation) Lente descente du sol, consistant en une infinité de petits déplacements des particules meubles, les unes par rapport aux autres, sous l effet de la pesanteur et… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • creeping — (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [In the act of creeping] Syn. crawling, worming, squirming, writhing, wriggling, slithering, groveling, crouching, cowering, quailing, slinking, skulking, inching, dragging, lagging, shambling, limping, faltering, shuffling …   English dictionary for students

  • creeping — creep|ing [ kripıŋ ] adjective 1. ) happening very slowly so that people do not notice: creeping privatization 2. ) creeping plants grow along the ground …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • creeping — UK [ˈkriːpɪŋ] / US [ˈkrɪpɪŋ] adjective 1) happening very slowly so that people do not notice creeping privatization 2) creeping plants grow along the ground …   English dictionary

  • creeping — adjective Date: 14th century developing or advancing by slow imperceptible degrees < a period of creeping inflation > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • creeping — creep·ing (krēʹpĭng) adj. Developing gradually over a period of time: “a creeping sense of cultural dread” (Andrew Sullivan). * * * …   Universalium

  • creeping — adj. Creeping is used with these nouns: ↑dread …   Collocations dictionary

  • creeping — Synonyms and related words: all fours, ambling, amphibian, anguine, atiptoe, atmospherics, batrachian, blaring, blasting, blind spot, cautious, cautiousness, circumspect, circumspection, claudicant, colubriform, crawl, crawling, creep, creeping… …   Moby Thesaurus

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