\ ˈsnā-kē How to pronounce snaky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly snakey

Definition of snaky

1 : of, formed of, or entwined with snakes the Gorgon with snaky hair— Joseph Addison
2 : serpentine, snakelike snaky coils
3 : suggestive of a snake the oiliness and snaky insinuation of his demeanor— Thomas DeQuincy
4 : abounding in snakes

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Other Words from snaky

snakily \ ˈsnā-​kə-​lē How to pronounce snaky (audio) \ adverb

Examples of snaky in a Sentence

His hair was long and snaky.
Recent Examples on the Web Her fat Fanta Man, with his wide mouth, snaky, wandering tongue, empty eye sockets, lewdly pliant fingers, and birthday party crown cap, is a kind of underground lord of the revels. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 Political divisions in Oregon can to a great degree be measured by a river, the Deschutes, which winds its snaky, circuitous way through the state’s midsection. New York Times, 21 May 2021 And if your ex-boo was an especially snaky one, pay $20 more to have zoo keepers feed a frozen rat to a reptile instead. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 31 Jan. 2021 My house is old, built in 1902, so the canopy lends it a vaguely William Gibsonian aesthetic: a ramshackle blend of vinyl siding, snaky wiring, and dark promise. Clive Thompson, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 More: Louisville is the 'snakiest city' in Kentucky and all this rain has them slithering out The birds can be valuable contributors to the ecosystem, disposing cleanly of animal carcasses. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 25 June 2019 So like Plume's first-generation pods, a Superpod won't ugly up the joint with snaky power cords or clutter up any bookshelf or table space. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 12 June 2018 AM People record release AM People is ideal for listeners who enjoy snaky guitar lines and a splash or distortion with their melodic indie rock. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2018 Flat, cramped maps with a twisting, snaky slew of run-and-turn options. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of snaky

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jul 2021

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“Snaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snaky

: moving like a snake
chiefly US : long, thin, or twisting like a snake


\ ˈsnā-kē How to pronounce snaky (audio) \
snakier; snakiest

Kids Definition of snaky

1 : of or like a snake
2 : full of snakes

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