1. One that moves or progresses by creeping.
2. Botany A plant that spreads by means of stems that creep.
3. See cradle.
4. A grappling device for dragging bodies of water, such as lakes or rivers.
5. A one-piece fitted garment for an infant.
6. creepers A metal frame with a spike or spikes, attached to a shoe or boot to prevent slipping, especially on ice.
7. Slang A person who is a creep, especially one who is considered to be unsettling.
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