crawly

adjective
\ ˈkrȯ-lē How to pronounce crawly (audio) \
crawlier; crawliest

Definition of crawly

2 : marked by crawling or slow motion crawly creatures

Examples of crawly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Do your kids like creepy crawly things or flying bugs? ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Parks and Recreation teaches kids to make clothespin bugs," 28 Aug. 2020 His plush work space morphed from my safest haven for 15 years into the creepy crawly Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Susan Shapiro, Longreads, "How I Got My Shrink Back," 10 Aug. 2020 Halloween's roots can be traced back to the ancient Celtic days, and knowing the history behind this beloved holiday can go a long way in finding even more creepy, crawly ways of celebrating it. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "The History of Halloween Goes Far Beyond Tricks and Treats," 27 July 2020 For someone deathly afraid of creepy crawly things, 2019 was a tough year. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Someone Found a 6-Foot Boa Constrictor Hiding in Their Couch So 2020 Is Now Cancelled," 29 Jan. 2020 More food on a stick, more food with rainbow colors and more, um, creepy, crawly things. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bug Tacos, Snake Soup and 7 more foods on a stick: Wisconsin State Fair adds 66 new food and drink items," 6 Aug. 2018 And then there's creepy-crawly stuff, such as: Grasshoper Slushie On-a-Stick, also at the All Things Jerky stand. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bug Tacos, Snake Soup and 7 more foods on a stick: Wisconsin State Fair adds 66 new food and drink items," 6 Aug. 2018 While your mind might automatically jump to some kind of creepy, crawly creature, that’s only partly true. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "McDonald's Salads Possibly Linked to Parasite," 13 July 2018 Fortunately for wasps, however, Marvel has a reputation for empowering creepy-crawly underdogs (see: Spider-Man). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crawly

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crawly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crawly. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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