\ \ [13] Now firmly associated with watercourse, the original connotations of creek seem to have been of ‘narrow and secluded bendiness’. It appears to have been borrowed from Old Norse krikinook’, which some have speculated may be related to Old Norse krōkrhook’ (source of English crook). Creek remains strictly a word for narrow waterways, a reminder of its beginnings.
\ \ Cf.CROOK

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.


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  • Creek — ist eine Bezeichnung in der englischen Sprache für eine geographische Form, die in unterschiedlichen Gebieten des englischen Sprachraumes jeweils eigene Bedeutungen hat: Im britischen Englisch wird damit allgemein ein Wasserlauf bezeichnet, der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Creek — (kr[=e]k), n. [AS. crecca; akin to D. kreek, Icel. kriki crack, nook; cf. W. crig crack, crigyll ravine, creek. Cf. {Crick}, {Crook}.] 1. A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creek — s.n. Curs de apă temporar în deşerturile sărate din Australia şi din America de Sud. [pr.: cric] – cuv. engl. Trimis de LauraGellner, 24.01.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  CREEK s.n. (Anglicism) Curs de apă temporar din deşerturile sărate din Australia şi… …   Dicționar Român

  • Creek — [krēk, krik] n. [shortened < earlier Ochese Creek Indians, 17th c. name for the Indians of the upper Ocmulgee River, Georgia ] 1. pl. Creeks or Creek a member of a cultural and political grouping (the Creek Confederacy) of North American… …   English World dictionary

  • creek — [kri:k] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old Norse; Origin: kriki bend ] 1.) AmE AusE a small narrow stream or river 2.) BrE a long narrow area of water that flows from the sea into the land 3.) be up the creek (without a paddle) spoken als …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Creek — Indian tribe or confederation, 1725, named for CREEK (Cf. creek), the geographical feature, and abbreviated from Ochese Creek Indians, from the place in Georgia where English first encountered them. Native name is Muskogee, a word of uncertain… …   Etymology dictionary

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