A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river.
- A small stream, often a shallow or intermittent tributary to a river. Also called regionally branch, brook1, kill2, run.
- A channel or stream running through a salt marsh: tidal creeks teeming with shore wildlife.
- Chiefly British A small inlet in a shoreline, extending farther inland than a cove.
- up the creek (without a paddle) Informal In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position.