\ 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 Mouth-specific activities—like brushing teeth, feeling water droplets from rain, and the creepy-crawly feeling of a bug walking across the lip—felt most authentic. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 But for some of us, the downsides of nature — extreme heat or cold, tiny, crawly pests that tend to fly and bite — occasionally outweigh the benefits. Rina Nehdar, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 Unless termites or bedbugs are the problem, homeowners can solve most creepy-crawly invasions. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 This rustic wood stool has a creepy-crawly touch with a spider etched into the top with a wood-burning tool. Brenda Wegner, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2021 Instead of crushing stink bugs like you might be compelled to do with another creepy-crawly pests, refrain... Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 15 July 2021 Marcus and the baby back home, evading creepy-crawly predators. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 25 May 2021 Based on Charles Addams' cartoons, the show followed a creepy and crawly family with a flair for the macabre. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Apr. 2021 Do your kids like creepy crawly things or flying bugs?, 28 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of crawly

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Crawly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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