noun \ˈsnāl\

: a small animal that lives in a shell that it carries on its back, that moves very slowly, and that can live in water or on land

Full Definition of SNAIL

:  a gastropod mollusk especially when having an external enclosing spiral shell
:  a slow-moving or sluggish person or thing
snail·like \ˈsnāl-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of SNAIL

  1. <go and tell the snails in the back to hurry up>

Origin of SNAIL

Middle English, from Old English snægl; akin to Old High German snecko snail, snahhan to creep
First Known Use: before 12th century


intransitive verb

Definition of SNAIL

:  to move, act, or go slowly or lazily

Examples of SNAIL

  1. <the highway construction work created a bottleneck that had cars snailing for the next five miles>

First Known Use of SNAIL


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SNAIL Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsnāl\

Definition of SNAIL for Kids

:  a small slow-moving mollusk that has a spiral shell into which it can draw itself for safety and that can live either on land or in water
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈsnā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of SNAIL

:  any of various gastropod mollusks and especially those having an external enclosing spiral shell including some which are important in medicine as intermediate hosts of trematodes
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