American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small stream, often a shallow or intermittent tributary to a river. Also called regionally branch, brook1, kill2, run.
- n. A channel or stream running through a salt marsh: tidal creeks teeming with shore wildlife.
- n. Chiefly British A small inlet in a shoreline, extending farther inland than a cove.
- idiom. up the creek (without a paddle) Informal In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small inlet, bay, or cove; a recess in the shore of the sea or of a river, or of any considerable body of water.
- n. A small stream; a brook; a rivulet. See crick.
- n. A turn or winding.
- n. Hence A device; an artifice; a trick.
- n. A small seaboard town of insufficient importance to have a customs-station of its own.
- To twist and wind; form a creek.
- n. An obsolete spelling of creak.
- n. UK, India A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river.
- n. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US A stream of water smaller than a river and larger than a brook.
- n. Any turn or winding.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river.
- n. A stream of water smaller than a river and larger than a brook.
- n. Any turn or winding.
- n. any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma
- n. a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
- creke, from kryk, from Old Norse kriki. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English creke, probably from Old Norse kriki, bend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Over the divide at the head of this creek is a tributary of the Big Windy.”
“The weather was so excellent yesteray -- cold and windy and grey -- that I took Big Dog for a walk over to the field by what I call the creek and what is actually, of course, a storm drain.”
“We're on our walk, over the Interstate Overpass, down by what I call the creek -- it's actuall more like a storm drain, but it collects rocks and pebbles at this bit where it curves, and I like to take the kid there so I can mess around in the rocks.”
“When the mills here would be standing and all, why we'd just mess around, go on what they called the creek over there.”
“Yes | No | Report from RylieGipson wrote 2 days 11 hours ago there's a book how to build tree houses huts and forts if the creek is big enough make a raft.”
“Group ‘A’ says the creek is rising and the little town of Hooterville must spend half of its much needed funds to correct before a huge tragic flood consumes all (taking money from schools, roads and hospitals)”
“Yes | No | Report from mmtranberg wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago mine is 15 in creek about 20 feet wide”
“If the creek is really clear you might want to try tying on a florocarbon tippit, about 3 foot would do using a surgeons knot.”
“The creek is about 10 feet wide, the red is about 6 pounds, and I can see about 300 places for him to wrap me.”
“This creek is pretty enough and has a special place in my heart as I learned to trout fish on it.”
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