creek Definition

  • 1a narrow, sheltered waterway, especially an inlet in a shoreline or channel in a marsh
  • 2a stream or minor tributary of a river

Using creek: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "creek" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We went fishing in the creek.

  • Example

    The cabin is located near a small creek.

  • Example

    The creek flows into the river.

  • Example

    The ducks were swimming in the creek.

creek Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for creek

Phrases with creek

  • in trouble or difficulty


    If we don't finish this project on time, we'll be up the creek.

  • make someone's blood run cold

    to terrify or horrify someone


    The thought of swimming in the creek at night made her blood run cold.

  • to express disappointment or regret over a missed opportunity


    I didn't get the job I wanted, so I cried all the way to the creek.


Summary: creek in Brief

A 'creek' [kriːk] is a narrow, sheltered waterway, such as an inlet in a shoreline or a channel in a marsh. It can also refer to a stream or minor tributary of a river. Examples include 'We went fishing in the creek' and 'The ducks were swimming in the creek.' The phrase 'up the creek' means in trouble or difficulty.

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