creep etymology

English word creep comes from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂-, Proto-Indo-European *grewbʰ-, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) creopan (To creep.)

Detailed word origin of creep

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gerh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to call hoarsely, to cry hoarsely
*grewbʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kreupp- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*krūpaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
creopan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To creep.
crēopan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
crepen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
creep English (eng) (intransitive) Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.. (intransitive) To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.. (intransitive) To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.. (intransitive) To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.. To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.. To have a sensation as of [...]

Words with the same origin as creep

Descendants of *gerh₂-
aircraft crack cracked crackling craft crane creepy crib cripple crook crooked crop crow fox group photo photograph photography po porn pot program telegram true
Descendants of *grewbʰ-
creeping