spidery

adjective

spi·​dery ˈspī-də-rē How to pronounce spidery (audio)
1
a
: 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 With spidery legs and a chunky profile, the module, dubbed Spider, was all function, no form — the ideal machine to land on the moon. Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2019 Pelargonium 'Graffiti White' is a heat-loving selection with spidery white flowers on a plant that grows 14 inches tall. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Dec. 2022 These ragged, spidery clouds began appearing in the late 1800s, and their increasing frequency and geographic spread are believed to be a marker for climate change. Caroline Barlott, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2016 Recently, scientists studying Lucy’s cells determined that her astrocytes — spidery nerve cells critical for cellular communication — may be actively killing her neurons. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2022 The spidery lines of the reassembled pane are a careful worker’s diary of its destruction and reconstruction — and not a bad metaphor for the arc of Korean history in the 20th century. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 O’Rourke’s chronic medical issues followed a chaotic route — sick, then sicker, then OK, then much sicker, then somewhat better — with spidery little paths radiating outward. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 During this rain-heavy time, the falls go from a spidery trickle to a powerful force of nature that plunges off the cliffs toward the earth. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of spidery was in 1825

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“Spidery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spidery. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

spidery

adjective
spi·​dery ˈspīd-ə-rē How to pronounce spidery (audio)
1
: resembling a spider
also : long and thin like the legs of a spider
2
: resembling a spiderweb
spidery handwriting
spidery lace
3
: full of spiders

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