slither

verb
slith·​er | \ ˈsli-t͟hər How to pronounce slither (audio) \
slithered; slithering; slithers

Definition of slither

intransitive verb

1 : to slide on or as if on a loose gravelly surface
2 : to slip or slide like a snake

transitive verb

: to cause to slide

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Examples of slither in a Sentence

The snake slithered through the garden. To get under the porch, I lay on my stomach and slithered like a snake. She slithered quietly into the room. He slithered his hand around her waist.
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Go here as much to admire Hadid's slithering metal structure as for the impressive, at-times edgy exhibitions and collection that can include an overture of famed Italo-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi and street portraiture from Tehran. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome's Art & Architecture: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 She’s created a reptilian version that’s dotted with snake ornaments inspired by her love for OTT ‘80s fashion, an attention-grabbing accessory that’s likely to come slithering through your feed any day now. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Rihanna-Approved DJ Sita Abellan Launches Her Own Jewelry Line," 6 Dec. 2018 Abilene has seen numerous snake reports as the weather has warmed up and was the site of an incident last year in which 24 rattlers, including one that slithered out of a toilet, were found in the same home. Stephen English, star-telegram, "A Texas boy was playing with his toys. He was bitten by a rattlesnake hiding in them," 27 June 2018 Some guests at an airport in the Philippines were shocked to find a snake slithering through the departure lounge. Fox News, "Philippines Airport passengers panic over snake sighting in departures lounge," 16 Sep. 2018 There was always a surprise in the accessories: slithering black satin Galliano worn with fishnet tights and brilliant grass green satin shoes, a brace of antique diamond and emerald brooches pinned to accentuate the bustle bow of her jacket. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Lucy Birley, Who Has Died at 58," 25 July 2018 Snakes have been slithering through forest for nearly a hundred million years. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Oldest Ever Baby Snake Discovered in Forest Amber," 19 July 2018 The image, which has sparked thousands of responses on social media, shows a snake slithering across the barrel of a Semi-Automatic rifle, held perfectly still by junior U.S. Army National Guard sniper Pfc. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A sniper, a snake and one creepy photo is causing thousands of people to squirm | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 Earlier this month, a snake slithered out of a car’s air vent as a Virginia woman was driving. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Police stopped traffic so this venomous snake could cross the road unharmed," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of slither

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slither

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

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The first known use of slither was before the 12th century

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slither

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slither

: to move by sliding your entire body back and forth
: to move smoothly, quietly, or secretly like a snake

slither

verb
slith·​er | \ ˈsli-t͟hər How to pronounce slither (audio) \
slithered; slithering

Kids Definition of slither

: glide entry 1 The snake slithers along.

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