creep vs sneak what difference

what is difference between creep and sneak

English

Etymology

From Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan (to creep, crawl), from Proto-West Germanic *kreupan, from Proto-Germanic *kreupaną (to twist, creep), from Proto-Indo-European *gerb- (to turn, wind). Cognate with West Frisian krippe, krûpe, West Frisian crjippa (to creep), Low German krepen and krupen, Dutch kruipen (to creep, crawl), Middle High German kriefen (to creep), Danish krybe (to creep), Norwegian krype (to creep), Swedish krypa (to creep, crawl), Icelandic krjúpa (to stoop).

The noun is derived from the verb.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: krēp, IPA(key): /kɹiːp/, [kʰɹiːp]
  • Rhymes: -iːp

Verb

creep (third-person singular simple present creeps, present participle creeping, simple past crept or creeped or (obsolete) crope, past participle crept or creeped or (archaic) cropen)

  1. (intransitive) To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
    Synonym: crawl
  2. (intransitive) Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
  3. (intransitive) To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
  4. (intransitive) To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
  5. To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or oneself.
  6. To slip, or to become slightly displaced.
  7. To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn.
  8. To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl.
  9. To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
  10. (intransitive, African-American Vernacular, slang) To covertly have sex (with a person other than one’s primary partner); to cheat with.

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

creep (countable and uncountable, plural creeps)

  1. The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
  2. A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
  3. A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
  4. (uncountable) The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively.
  5. (publishing) In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
  6. (materials science) An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
  7. (geology) The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
  8. (informal, derogatory) Someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric.
    Synonym: weirdo
  9. (informal, derogatory) A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills.
  10. (agriculture) A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • Perce, Percé, crepe, crêpe, perce


English

Etymology

Possibly from Middle English sniken (to creep, crawl), from Old English snīcan (to creep, crawl), from Proto-West Germanic *snīkan, from Proto-Germanic *snīkaną (to creep, crawl), which is related to the root of snake. Compare Danish snige (to sneak), Swedish snika (to sneak, hanker after), Icelandic sníkja (to sneak, hanker after).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sniːk/
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Noun

sneak (plural sneaks)

  1. One who sneaks; one who moves stealthily to acquire an item or information.
  2. The act of sneaking
  3. A cheat; a con artist.
    Synonyms: con artist, trickster; see also Thesaurus:confidence trickster, Thesaurus:deceiver
  4. An informer; a tell-tale.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:informant
  5. (obsolete, cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter
  6. (US) A sneaker; a tennis shoe.
    • 2014, Faye McKnight, Goodnight, Bob (page 9)
      We would have been laughed off the street in Philadelphia if we were seen wearing sneaks. In the big city, the young population wore loafers or boots.
  7. (American football) A play where the quarterback receives the snap and immediately dives forward.

Translations

Verb

sneak (third-person singular simple present sneaks, present participle sneaking, simple past and past participle sneaked or snuck)

  1. (intransitive) To creep or go stealthily; to come or go while trying to avoid detection, as a person who does not wish to be seen.
    Synonym: skulk
  2. (transitive) To take something stealthily without permission.
  3. (ditransitive) To stealthily bring someone something.
  4. (transitive, dated) To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.
    • 1701, William Wake, A rationale upon some texts of Scripture
      [Slander] sneaks its head.
  5. (intransitive, informal, with on) To inform an authority of another’s misdemeanours.
    Synonyms: grass, snitch, tell tales

Usage notes

  • The past and past participle snuck is primarily found in North American English, where it originated in the late 19th century as a dialectal form. It is still regarded as informal by some, but its use appears to be increasing in frequency and acceptability. It is occasionally found in British and Australian/Hiberno-English, too, though regarded as an American form. (See Oxford Dictionaries, The Cambridge Guide to English Usage, Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Webster’s New World College Dictionary.)
  • Informally, snook is also often found as the past tense. It is considered nonstandard.
  • To sneak (take) something is not the same as to steal something. In this sense, sneak typically implies trying to avoid a supervisor’s or guardian’s mild displeasure or mild discipline, while steal indicates a more serious action and often the person stealing does not know the owner of the item being stolen.

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

sneak (not comparable)

  1. In advance; before release to the general public.
  2. In a stealthy or surreptitious manner.

Derived terms

  • sneak attack
  • sneak peek
  • sneak preview

Anagrams

  • Kasen, Keans, Snake, akens, asken, kaens, kenas, nakes, skean, snake

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English sneak

Verb

sneak

  1. first-person singular present indicative of sneaken
  2. imperative of sneaken

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial