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What’s the Past Tense of Creep?

Is it creeped or crept?

Is it creeped or crept?

If you’re trying to say that you’re creeped out by something, use creeped. Otherwise, both creeped and crept are accepted past tenses of the verb creep [i.e., a verb that describes when we “move slowly and carefully in order to avoid being heard or noticed.”]

Verb forms of creep

simpleI creepI crept (or creeped)I will creep
continuousI am creepingI was creepingI will be creeping
perfectI have crept (or creeped)I had crept (or creeped)I will have crept (or creeped)
perfect continuousI have been creepingI had been creepingI will have been creeping
12 verb tenses of ‘creep‘.

Creep, creeped and crept, used in sentences

Examples: forms of “creep”, used in sentences
I crept up the stairs, trying not to wake my parents.

I heard someone creeping around the house.

I could hear someone creeping around downstairs.

He crept forward towards the sound of voices.

She crept into her sister’s room.

Worksheet: tenses of creep

QuestionsAnswer options:
1. True or false:
“Creep” is a regular verb.
a. true
b. false
c. both
2. True or false:
Creep looks the same in the past tense as it does in the present.
a. true
b. false
3. Choose the correct tense:
We crept up and peeked over the wall.
a. simple present
b. simple past
c. past perfect
d. present perfect
4. Which tense is this sentence in:
I’ve been creeping her blog and found some great recipes.
a. present continuous
b. past continuous
c. present perfect continuous
5. The sentence is in which tense:
Time just seems to creep along on these hot summer days.
a. simple present
b. simple past
c. past perfect
d. present perfect
6. Choose the form of ‘creep’ to complete the sentence:
He spends a lot of time ___ on her Facebook profile.
a. creep
b. creeps
c. crept
d. creeping


  1. c
  2. b
  3. b
  4. c
  5. a
  6. d

Creep [synonyms & word forms]

  • glide
  • inch
  • lurk
  • slink
  • slither
  • snake
  • sneak
  • tiptoe
  • wriggle

The origin of creep

From etymonline on creep (v.):

Old English creopan “to move the body near or along the ground as a reptile or insect does” (class II strong verb; past tense creap, past participle cropen), from Proto-Germanic *kreupanan.

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  1. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of creep.” Online Etymology Dictionary, Accessed 26 March, 2024.

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