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snail

noun \ ˈsnāl \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of snail

1 :a gastropod mollusk especially when having an external enclosing spiral shell
2 :a slow-moving or sluggish person or thing

snaillike

play \ˈsnāl-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of snail in a Sentence

  1. go and tell the snails in the back to hurry up

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Origin and Etymology of snail

Middle English, from Old English snægl; akin to Old High German snecko snail, snahhan to creep


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snail

verb

Definition of snail

intransitive verb
:to move, act, or go slowly or lazily

Examples of snail in a Sentence

  1. the highway construction work created a bottleneck that had cars snailing for the next five miles

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First Known Use of snail

1582

snail Synonyms

Synonyms
creak (along), creep, drag, inch, limp, nose, ooze, plod, poke, slouch, crawl
Antonyms
fly, race, speed, whiz (or whizz), zip
Related Words
lumber, shamble, shuffle, tramp, trudge
Near Antonyms
float, glide, sail; hurry, tear


SNAIL Defined for English Language Learners

snail

noun

Definition of snail for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal that lives in a shell that it carries on its back, that moves very slowly, and that can live in water or on land


SNAIL Defined for Kids

snail

noun \ ˈsnāl \

Definition of snail for Students

:a small slow-moving mollusk that has a spiral shell into which it can draw itself for safety and that can live either on land or in water

Medical Dictionary

snail

noun \ ˈsnā(ə)l \

medical Definition of snail

:any of various gastropod mollusks and especially those having an external enclosing spiral shell including some which are important in medicine as intermediate hosts of trematodes


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