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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of spidery was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Spidery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spidery. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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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