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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Young had two sacks and would have had a third had Peyton Ramsey not slithered out of his grasp. Nathan Baird,, "Is Ohio State football’s defense ready for Clemson and Alabama? Buckeye Rewatch," 16 Sep. 2019 The snake, whose name is Lightning, slithered away at about 5 p.m. Tuesday as its owner was swimming in the pool with his 8-year-old son. Adam Sennott,, "Missing Burmese python found and returned to its Newton owner," 24 Aug. 2019 According to a recent New York Post article, while two Australian kids were brushing their teeth, a massive python slithered out of their bathroom ceiling (yeah, eek! is right). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'GMA' Star Michael Strahan Speaks Out After "Hurting Himself" From Sprinting Off Stage," 15 Aug. 2019 This technology came to me, slithering into my phone as a subfeature of other services. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps," 28 July 2019 One large rattlesnake even slithered his way onto a truck for a road trip that ended all the way at the home of a man in Louisiana. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Watch large snake slither around the front door of a Houston-area home," 25 July 2019 The snake could have been seeking refuge from a recent spate of soggy weather and slithered into the basement through holes in the home’s foundation, Detective Sgt. Fox News, "Pennsylvania woman bitten by venomous snake while doing laundry," 19 June 2019 The chimpanzees slept soundly for the rest of the night, but I was perched halfway down a steep slope with only a small tree to keep me from slithering into the ravine below. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 Two New Jersey herpetologists exploring an area known for its timber rattlesnakes stumbled across a rare find: a newborn two-headed rattlesnake slithering across the ground. NBC News, "Two-headed baby rattlesnake found in New Jersey Pine Barrens," 6 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce slither (audio) \
slithered; slithering

Kids Definition of slither

: glide entry 1 The snake slithers along.

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