spi·​dery | \ ˈspī-də-rē \

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

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And Georgy has them—spiky, clumpy, eternally spidery. Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Goes on the Ultimate Eyelash Adventure in Los Angeles," 12 Nov. 2018 The Crown’s Foy swapped her twinset and pearls for a dramatic monochrome Alexander McQueen dress (with spidery black flowers) and custom Louboutins. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 The map shows an intricate network laid atop Europe, with thick branches (the most frequently used routes) and tiny spidery branches in a total of almost 500,000 routes. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "How Many Roads Actually Lead to Rome?," 12 May 2018 Some people like the spidery look of mascara, so if that’s you, try this one out. Tiffany Yannetta, The Cut, "These Are the 15 Best Lengthening Mascaras," 4 May 2018 One coat is plenty: otherwise, the formula can get too thick and spidery. Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "I tried everyone's favorite mascaras—and the winner was obvious," 27 Apr. 2018 Come fall, the tree really comes into its own in the landscape: first the foliage turns a brilliant yellow-gold and then the strange, spidery-petalled, yellow-green flowers open, often persisting on the bare branches after the leaves have fallen. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Witch Hazel (And Turn It Into A Home Remedy)," 14 Nov. 2017 Something different was this spidery effect with my eyelashes. Aydah Albaba, The Cut, "Why I Make My Eyelashes Look Fake Every Day," 3 May 2018 After fiddling with a spidery membrane on the surface of the retina, the surgeon was ready for the injection itself. Eric Boodman, STAT, "‘That’s $425,000 right there’ — the anxious launch of a gene therapy with a record sticker price," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spidery

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of spidery

: long and thin like the legs of a spider

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