slither

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verb slith·er \ˈsli-thər\

Definition of slither

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to slide on or as if on a loose gravelly surface

  3. 2 :  to slip or slide like a snake

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to slide

Examples of slither in a Sentence

  1. The snake slithered through the garden.

  2. To get under the porch, I lay on my stomach and slithered like a snake.

  3. She slithered quietly into the room.

  4. He slithered his hand around her waist.

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Origin and Etymology of slither

Middle English slideren, from Old English slidrian, frequentative of slīdan to slide


SLITHER Defined for English Language Learners

slither

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Definition of slither for English Language Learners

  • : to move by sliding your entire body back and forth

  • : to move smoothly, quietly, or secretly like a snake


SLITHER Defined for Kids

slither

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verb slith·er \ˈsli-thər\

Definition of slither for Students

slithered

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slithering

  1. :  1glide The snake slithers along.



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