spi·​dery | \ ˈspī-də-rē How to pronounce spidery (audio) \

Definition of spidery

1a : resembling a spider in form or manner
b : resembling a spiderweb spidery handwriting especially : composed of fine threads or lines in a weblike arrangement spidery lace
2 : infested with spiders

Examples of spidery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The painting uses architectural drawings of the Mogamma to create a spidery abstract grid with occasional shards of color that maps the building’s haphazard past. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021 To Halaoui’s surprise, the two-inch-long aluminum cylinder contained a century-old note written in spidery German script. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Nov. 2020 Scientists detect infrasound signals with microphones on spidery legs. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2020 He's typically depicted as a slim, spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 12 Aug. 2020 In this case, the spidery engineers had built a set of three crosshatched webs spun out from a corner of the house. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, 25 Apr. 2020 Jeannie Nguyen’s home is full of precious, expensive things, all of them rooted in dirt: the spidery tendrils of a philodendron tortum, the scaly leaves of a piper parmatum. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 19 Feb. 2020 One of the center’s two galleries has been laced with white strands by Kieun Kim, who supplements the spidery installation with ambient music and kaleidoscopic lights. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 The result: spidery multi-limbed flashes of lightning. Michael Peterson, National Geographic, 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spidery

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Spidery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spidery. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spidery

: long and thin like the legs of a spider

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