slith·​er | \ˈsli-t͟hər \
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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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 The band has a ZZ Top meets Steppenwolf vibe, with lumbering boogie shuffles and slithering bluesy guitar solos. John Adamian,, "Blackberry Smoke To Play College Street," 5 May 2018 The thing can constrict around your leg like a real snake, but can then twirl its motors to move up and down your limb—more rolling than slithering. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Roboticists Are Copying Nature to Make Fantastical Machines," 28 June 2018 Image The lighting, uncredited, is crepuscular, outlining the strange forms that slither, shiver and creep in from the wings. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Mummenschanz Offers Wonder, and a Grumpy Trash Bag," 10 July 2018 The snake, a four-foot long Western diamondback, was slithering through the garden and had come dangerously close to the mother of two., "Father of Two Nearly Dies After Being Bitten By Rattlesnake's Severed Head: 'It Was Very Scary'," 7 June 2018 That's why we were utterly blown away when one woman from North Carolina took on a snake that had slithered into her home—and won. Katina Beniaris, Country Living, "Watch This Woman Singlehandedly Catch a 6-Foot Snake with a Pillowcase," 12 June 2017

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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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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


slith·​er | \ˈsli-t͟hər \
slithered; slithering

Kids Definition of slither

: glide entry 1 The snake slithers along.

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