\ 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 snakily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of snaky in a Sentence

His hair was long and snaky.
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First Known Use of snaky

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Snaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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