Definition of creature in English:

creature

noun

  • 1An animal, as distinct from a human being.

    ‘night sounds of birds and other creatures’
    • ‘Reptiles are cold blooded scaly creatures like snakes, lizards, crocodiles and turtles, who are all descendants of the primitive reptile.’
    • ‘These creatures are quite distinct from fish, crustaceans, and molluscs.’
    • ‘One finds here myriads of beings and creatures with distinct characteristics.’
    • ‘On the ceiling of the cave, animal tracks can be seen, and there are fossils of many marine creatures - plus a bird fossil which looks like a chicken.’
    • ‘All around her there was the activity of woodland creatures, birds and mammals, insects and fish, continuing their role in the environment.’
    • ‘Despite incontrovertible and growing evidence that there were distinct eras of different creatures, the scientific community embraced the idea of gradualism.’
    • ‘These creatures include fish, crocodiles, turtles, hippopotamuses, monkeys, rodents, and antelopes.’
    • ‘Most of the diet is made up of small fish, although a wide variety of sea creatures including crustaceans, marine worms, and squid are also taken.’
    • ‘Dogs, cats and creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours want to meet caring people to share life, love and happiness.’
    • ‘The term ‘waterbug’ refers to a wide variety of insects, including creatures such as worms and butterflies.’
    • ‘Only 50 of these genetically distinct creatures survive in the region, comprising the northernmost population.’
    • ‘Single-celled creatures, insects, birds, whales, and humans move about for all sorts of reasons.’
    • ‘Birds in coastal areas eat crabs and other aquatic creatures.’
    • ‘Marine invertebrates feast on the wood, attracting other creatures from little fish, to birds and sharks.’
    • ‘Mosquito larvae are an important food source for fish and other aquatic creatures, and the adults feed a lot of birds and bats.’
    • ‘As it decays, it ties up dissolved oxygen, eventually causing creatures like shrimp, fish, crabs, and octopuses to suffocate.’
    • ‘Commonly thought of as insects, ticks are actually arachnids or eight-legged creatures, like the spider.’
    • ‘Ticks rank right up there with bats, snakes and spiders as creatures that elicit fear and disgust at the mere mention of their name.’
    • ‘Marine biologists have reported a growing number of exotic fish and marine creatures in British waters.’
    • ‘Just because many birds can fly, it does not follow that all creatures that fly are birds.’
    animal, beast, brute
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    1. 1.1An animal or person.
      ‘as fellow creatures on this planet, animals deserve respect’
      • ‘I look forward to sharing a lasting trust with my fellow creatures, learning from their ways and restoring that relationship we used to have with the animals given to our care.’
      • ‘We Homo sapiens are fascinated by observing our fellow creatures as they go about their daily grind - eating, sleeping, courting.’
      • ‘We, and our fellow creatures, will be the beneficiaries.’
      • ‘Cows are innocent herbivores that would never knowingly consume the rendered remains of their fellow creatures.’
      • ‘We all have views about how our fellow creatures should be treated but it is in the nature of our democracy that the House of Commons decides the law.’
      • ‘Observe how it interacts with its fellow creatures, and the vast variety of food it consumes every hour.’
      • ‘If you've ever looked into the eyes of a chimp or gorilla there's no denying that lurch of recognition for a fellow creature obviously capable of complex thoughts and feelings.’
      • ‘Wherever I go, I am awed by the diversity of our fellow creatures and their staggering variety of color, design, adaption and behavior.’
      • ‘In the beginning was the ancient fertility that accompanied the birth of Man and every of Man's fellow creatures, each speaking its own language.’
      • ‘The most natural privilege of man, next to the right of acting for himself, is that of combining his exertions with those of his fellow creatures and of acting in common with them.’
      • ‘We have failed in our stewardship of this bountiful creation, harming our fellow creatures and abusing the resources of the gracious earth.’
      • ‘We serve God best when we exercise our responsibilities locally, healing our fellow creatures within our damaged Earth community and kneeling with them in the praise of God.’
      • ‘The last animal legends highlight the crazy swings in Americans' sentiments toward their fellow creatures.’
      • ‘The moral standing of our fellow creatures may be humble, but it is absolute and not something within our power to confer or withhold.’
      • ‘They encourage the viewer to take a more compassionate look at his or her fellow creatures, including the most despised and marginalized.’
      • ‘I was brought up understanding that there were certain courtesies and considerations to be extended to all fellow creatures.’
      • ‘Forgive us for the words, the choices, and the acts which bring grief to you and to our fellow creatures.’
      • ‘In fact, a horrified response would be one of the means by which he or she would help to alert and enlighten his or her fellow creatures.’
      • ‘The company of one's fellow creatures was always the point of the public house.’
      • ‘But human beings are mortal creatures and subject to the whims of nature.’
      person, human being, human, being, mortal, soul, creature, thing
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    2. 1.2A fictional or imaginary being.
      ‘a creature from outer space’
      • ‘As a preliminary step to painting, we briefly discussed the fact that dragons are imaginary creatures.’
      • ‘The fantasy creature category contained such imaginary creatures as fairy, hairy Cyclops, and gremlin.’
      • ‘I remember a time as a child when my sister and I shared an imaginary world of made-up creatures.’
      • ‘Popular art images are flowers and imaginary creatures.’
      • ‘So the only thing she could do was fight imaginary creatures.’
      • ‘The novel's weight and mythical resonance depend on creatures that stretch the imagination and go beyond it.’
      • ‘To everyone else, all that existed about unicorns was that they were imaginary creatures that roamed the world.’
      • ‘The vampires had always been known to humans, though to most, only as fictional creatures.’
      • ‘Both movies have a big-name comedian dressed up as a fictional creature.’
      • ‘Well, both Leviathan and Behemoth, the mythic and legendary giant creatures of the sea and the land respectively, are kosher.’
      • ‘It's not the power given to mythological creatures and deities in fairy tales.’
      • ‘Of course, since dragons are mythical semimagical creatures anyway, it's difficult to guess what flight characteristics they might have.’
      • ‘Kira carried on walking, muttering angrily to herself about the absolute stupidity and selfishness of demons and mythical creatures.’
      • ‘There are mythical creatures like dragons, cobras and emblems like the solid Maltese cross.’
      • ‘There are no vampires, werewolves, zombies or outer space creatures.’
      • ‘Drawing the princesses and imaginative creatures she read about in the book led to a lifelong passion, and today her art continues to have a fairytale-like quality.’
      • ‘During this time people put on morality plays about ghosts, goblins, virgins, and other mythical creatures.’
      • ‘They are entirely creatures of the imagination.’
      • ‘There were fairies, gnomes, dragons and assorted other creatures watching curiously from a safe distance.’
      • ‘The images consisted mainly of mythological creatures such as dragons, fairies, and merfolk.’
    3. 1.3with adjective A person of a specified kind.
      ‘you heartless creature!’
      • ‘Rachel moved her eyes down to this charming creature's face.’
      • ‘Spin fantasies in your head, she's probably the most charming and intelligent creature on earth.’
      • ‘But do not expect any lovable creatures and charming subjects here.’
      • ‘The freedom which men of long ago had did not blind them nor did it transform them into heartless creatures.’
      • ‘And Irma, that vain, wretched creature, would never take such an unnecessary risk to herself as that.’
      • ‘What wretched creature would give up the fight before he's truly lost?’
      • ‘The girl was a pretty feminine creature with hatred toward men.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I just thought she was the most beautiful creature I'd ever seen in my life and I had to find out about her.’’
      • ‘People are imaginative creatures, though, and they'll find a way to refer to it somehow.’
      • ‘We human beings are fallible creatures, and we have a habit of seeing only the survivors of a set of experiences.’
      • ‘‘Human beings are sexual creatures and if you tell them they can't have sex it's going to come out some way or other,’ she says.’
      • ‘Most human beings are conflicted creatures and, to paraphrase George Orwell, some are more conflicted than others.’
      • ‘Human beings are creatures of peace, and we shouldn't resist our natures, but when everyone else around you seem to be resisting their natures it's difficult for me not to.’
      fellow, individual, character, wretch, beggar, soul
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  • 2A person or organization considered to be under the complete control of another.

    ‘the village teacher was expected to be the creature of his employer’
    • ‘She was as much a creature of the control freaks as any of the weaker members of the front bench.’
    • ‘They should also realise that international organisations are the creatures of the governments which created and manage them.’
    minion, lackey, flunkey, hireling, subordinate, servant, retainer, vassal
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  • 3archaic Anything living or existing.

    ‘dress, jewels, and other transitory creatures’
    • ‘In addition, there will be different variations of existing creatures.’
    • ‘Like organic creatures, copyrights used to age and wither away.’
    • ‘An ancient race of horrible organic creatures becomes a threat.’
    • ‘Maybe he was prejudiced against humans, or even organic creatures in general.’

Phrases

    creature of habit
    • A person who follows an unvarying routine.

      ‘he's a creature of habit—he keeps to the places he knows’
      • ‘Ducks are creatures of habit, they like routine.’
      • ‘They are both creatures of habit and love their routine: writing, walking, reading and going to bed at 10 pm every night.’
      • ‘We humans are a strange breed, creatures of habit, this one small change in my routine has rendered me flummoxed.’
      • ‘I'll miss the staff more than anything else, but also the regular routine because I'm definitely a creature of habit.’
      • ‘I'm also a man with a routine, or as Amy calls me, a creature of habit.’
      • ‘When it comes to hairstyles, cologne, clothing, and even daily routines, most of us are creatures of habit.’
      • ‘Most people are creatures of habit in voting.’
      • ‘We, being creatures of habit, ordered exactly the same meals.’
      • ‘They have strong family bonds and are creatures of habit, so much so that when habitat changes, as by logging or development, deer may be slow to move elsewhere.’
      • ‘I guess making changes is difficult for most people as we are all creatures of habit but we must stretch ourselves both at work and in our personal lives if we want to grow and develop.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘something created’): via Old French from late Latin creatura, from the verb creare (see create).

Pronunciation

creature

/ˈkriːtʃə/