crawlier; crawliest
: marked by crawling or slow motion
crawly creatures

Examples of crawly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Big Betsy the Giant Lobster At 40-feet long and 30-feet tall, Big Betsy makes her creepy, crawly presence known in the Florida Keys. Priscilla Blossom, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 There’s something distinctly out-of-control about having an unpredictable pack animal in your home, not to mention one that tracks in all kinds of allergens and minuscule crawly things. Jim Cosgrove, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Bring your kids into the kitchen for decoration and make memories over slightly salty, creepy crawly cookies. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Oct. 2023 Learn More Spread these pest management tips with neighbors to help prevent any unwanted, crawly guests. Cole Sikes Communications and Marketing Specialist Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 8 Aug. 2023 Commenting on the news, the 1923 star, 81, couldn't help but quip about the fact that he's inspired the name of yet another creepy, crawly creature. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 15 Aug. 2023 Hundreds of people attended the picnic-style event Tuesday, enjoying birds of prey from the Bear Branch Nature Center, creepy crawly animals from Piney Run Park, balloon creations, D the magician, food, music, giveaways and more. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 16 June 2023 And at this time of year, most of those creepy, crawly things are still hanging out in there, waiting for warmer weather. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 3 Mar. 2023 These crawly critters have something lovely to say this Valentine's Day. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 10 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crawly was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Crawly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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