\ 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 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 Lots of venues will host creepy and crawly bashes the weekend before Halloween, with many featuring big contests, so don't be scared to go all out on your costume. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "18 adults-only Halloween parties across Phoenix that will tingle your spine," 25 Oct. 2017 The challenge began April 4, and will continue every day while the creepy, crawly supply lasts. USA TODAY, "North Carolina burger joint offers burger garnished with chargrilled tarantula," 18 Apr. 2018 Earth Day includes a visit by Dr. Insecta's creepy-crawly insect station, as well as the release of nearly 100 butterflies. John Benson,, "North Olmsted to host third annual Earth Fair April 22 at North Olmsted Community Park," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of crawly

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crawly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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