variants or less commonly snakey
: of, formed of, or entwined with snakes
the Gorgon with snaky hairJoseph Addison
: serpentine, snakelike
snaky coils
: suggestive of a snake
the oiliness and snaky insinuation of his demeanorThomas DeQuincy
: abounding in snakes
snakily adverb

Examples of snaky in a Sentence

His hair was long and snaky.
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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snaky was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Snaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also snakey
: of or resembling a snake
: full of snakes
snakily adverb

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