slith·​ery | \ ˈsli-t͟hə-rē How to pronounce slithery (audio) \

Definition of slithery

: having a slippery surface, texture, or quality

Examples of slithery in a Sentence

She wore a sexy, slithery dress. low tide exposes a stretch of beach strewn with seaweed and slithery rocks
Recent Examples on the Web Live octopus is gelatinous and slithery, its textures still beyond the pale for most American palates. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Perhaps the Kraken is something less shadowy, less slithery, less imaginary. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2020 Watch the video to the end to see Jack try to muster up the courage to walk past the fang-y, slithery snake fight. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, 28 July 2017 But this is early March, and those slithery devils are likely still coiled in their dens, awaiting warmer temperatures. Bruce Whiting, idahostatesman, 17 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of slithery

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slithery was circa 1825

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“Slithery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of slithery

: having an unpleasantly slippery surface, feeling, or quality
: having a flowing and smooth look or way of moving


slith·​ery | \ ˈsli-t͟hə-rē How to pronounce slithery (audio) \

Kids Definition of slithery

: having a slippery surface, texture, or quality


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