: to move on one's hands and knees
- The baby crawled toward her mother.
: to move slowly in a prone position without or as if without the use of limbs
- The snake crawled into its hole.
- The soldiers crawled forward on their bellies.
: to move or progress slowly or laboriously
- traffic crawling along at 10 miles an hour
: to advance by guile or servility
- crawling into favor by toadying to his boss
: to spread by extending stems or tendrils
: to be alive or swarming with or as if with creeping things
- a kitchen crawling with ants
: to have the sensation of insects creeping over one
- the story made her flesh crawl
: to fail to stay evenly spread
—used of paint, varnish, or glaze
: to move upon in or as if in a creeping manner
- all the creatures that crawl the earth
: to reprove harshly
- they got no good right to crawl me for what I wrote
- —Marjorie K. Rawlings