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becreep, verb transitive

Forms:
becrep, becroupShow more Also becrep, becroup, bekruyp, bekryp.
Origin:
Dutch, Show more Calque formed on Dutch bekruipen, prefix be- near, next to + kruipen to creep. From the spellings becroup, bekruyp, and bekryp it is clear that this word was sometimes borrowed directly from the Dutch and sometimes Englished to becreep.
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To stalk, creep up on (someone or something).
Derivatives:
So becreeper noun, stalker.
1796 E. Helme tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. into Int. I. 255 (Pettman)The Boshmen are generally considered as the best bekrypers.
a1875 T. Baines Jrnl of Res. (1964) II. 160Andries and John were out from dawn till after sunset, and becrept and shot two wildebeestes.
To stalk, creep up on (someone or something).

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