Crick vs Creek what difference

what is difference between Crick and Creek



  • IPA(key): /kɹɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪk

Etymology 1

From Middle English crike, crikke (muscular spasm of the neck), attested since the 1400s. Likely related to Old Norse kriki (bend; nook), whence also crick (creek) and creek.


crick (plural cricks)

  1. A painful muscular cramp or spasm of some part of the body, as of the neck or back, making it difficult to move the part affected. (Compare catch.)
  2. A small jackscrew.
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crick (third-person singular simple present cricks, present participle cricking, simple past and past participle cricked)

  1. To develop a crick (cramp, spasm).
    • 2008, Jacqueline Signori, Ada (→ISBN), page 48:
      Stomach sleeping never worked for her because her neck cricked and pained in so short a time, that she never got the chance to fall asleep that way although the rest of her body snuggled well into the bed in that position.
    • 2014, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, I Remember You: A Ghost Story, Minotaur Books (→ISBN)
      “He’s upstairs.” As soon as she said this, a loud knocking came from the crawl space below. Katrín was so startled that her neck cricked painfully as she looked down. Adrenalin rushed through her veins and the pain in her fingers disappeared.
  2. To cause to develop a crick; to create a crick in.
    • 2013, K. J. Parker, Pattern, Orbit (→ISBN)
      He’d fallen asleep after all (and he’d done it in such a way as to crick his neck and his back and put his right arm to sleep; hardly a good start to a busy day) and now daylight was seeping through the bald patches in the thatch, …
  3. To twist, bend, or contort, especially in a way that produces strain.
    • 2011, Camy Tang, Protection for Hire: A Novel, Zondervan (→ISBN)
      He stopped a few feet from her, probably because he’d have to crick his neck to glare at her and that would just be embarrassing for him. “Dealing with garbage suits you.”
    • 2012, Doug Johnstone, Hit and Run, Faber & Faber (→ISBN)
      The throbbing pain that even now was coursing through his neck and shoulders, making him crick his neck.
    • 2015, Emma Miller, A Match for Addy, Harlequin (→ISBN), page 121:
      Addy was tall for a woman, and he liked that because he didn’t have to crick his neck …
    • 2018, Tim Major, Machineries of Mercy, ChiZine Publications (→ISBN)
      Now she was able to stand on her feet, so long as she kept her neck cricked.

Etymology 2

See creek.


crick (plural cricks)

  1. (Appalachia) Alternative form of creek

Etymology 3

See creak.


crick (plural cricks)

  1. The creaking of a door, or a noise resembling it.



Alternative forms

  • crick (dialectical US)
  • crik (eye dialect)


From Middle English crēke, from Old Norse kriki. Early British colonists of Australia and the Americas used the term in the usual British way, to name inlets; as settlements followed the inlets upstream and inland, the names were retained and creek was reinterpreted as a general term for a small waterway.. Compare Dutch kreek, and French crique, both from the same source.


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: krēk IPA(key): /kɹiːk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɹik/, (Appalachia) /kɹɪk/
  • Rhymes: -iːk, -ɪk
  • Homophones: creak, crick


creek (plural creeks)

  1. (Britain) A small inlet or bay, often saltwater, narrower and extending farther into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river; the inner part of a port that is used as a dock for small boats.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US) A stream of water (often freshwater) smaller than a river and larger than a brook; in Australia, also used of river-sized waterbodies.
  3. Any turn or winding.


  • beck, brook, burn, stream
  • (regional US terms:) run (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia), brook (New England), branch (Southern US), bayou (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Southeastern Texas)

Derived terms


  • Broome Pearling Lugger Pidgin: kriki
  • Sranan Tongo: kriki




  • ecker

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