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creeping (adj.)

late 14c., in reference to disease, "slowly spreading," present-participle adjective from creep (v.). Also from late 14c. in reference to plants, "growing along the surface."

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Definitions of creeping

creeping (n.)
a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body;
Synonyms: crawl / crawling / creep
From wordnet.princeton.edu