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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Still, there's really no telling if a bigger, more menacing creature is out there, slithering through the Everglades with a bounty of eggs lining its belly. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 2019 But now experts say the python problem has slithered beyond the swamp and could impact ecosystems all across Florida. Allie Raffa, Fox News, "Hybrid python threat has spread beyond Florida Everglades, DNA study shows," 10 Sep. 2018 Honestly, Taemin's golden smoky eyes perfectly paired with the snake slithering over his arm. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 At Mexico’s El Castillo, among the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, even more assemble on the same date to see the sun make shadows that look like a snake slithering down the pyramid steps. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "What Exactly Is the Spring Equinox?," 19 Mar. 2019 The latest megawatt celebrity to slither into the trend and take it to the next level: Kim Kardashian West. Vogue, "Is Snake Print the New Neutral? Kim Kardashian West Makes the Case," 25 Mar. 2019 The predicted magnetic storm could push the aurora borealis to lower latitudes, raising the possibility its eerie streamers would slither over the skies in New York, Wisconsin, or Washington State. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep on Chasing the Northern Lights," 25 Mar. 2019 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

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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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More Definitions for slither

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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