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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web They’ve also been known to slither into residential areas in search of water or rodents to eat as drought conditions worsen. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Researchers in the United Kingdom have developed an autonomous, snakelike robot designed to slither down human lungs into places that are difficult for medical professionals to reach. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 The nematodes need moisture to slither around and into buds, but how are they being transported from forest to forest? Peter Krouse, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2022 The big yellow machine casts up a brown blizzard of dust, adding to the trouble of seeing any small bodies attempting to run or slither for their lives. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 24 Mar. 2022 His vocals can howl, slither or croon, all with a bluesy fluidity and natural melodic sense. Matt Wake |, al, 20 Jan. 2022 In a word, Ms. Maxwell’s former partner, boss and lover draws the eye of the needle in this proceeding, through which Maxwell must slither, inevitably smaller. Guy Martin, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 He's got massive shoulders and combines explosiveness out of gaps and lateral quickness that can slither his way around defenders. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 1 Oct. 2021 Baylor kept stacking the box, overwhelming Texas’ line and barricading whatever lanes Robinson had hoped to slither through. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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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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