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crawly

[kraw-lee] /ˈkrɔ li/ Informal.
adjective, crawlier, crawliest.
1.
that crawls; noting or describing things, as worms or insects, that crawl, especially imparting a queasy feeling; creepy.
noun, plural crawlies.
2.
a crawling insect, small reptile, etc.
Origin of crawly
1855-1860
1855-60; crawl1 + -y1
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  • "But there's men that is nasty and crawly things," he argued.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • The horror of it was that the creeping, crawly thing made no sound—only crawled!

  • I like the butterflies, but I don't like those creepy, crawly things from which they come.

    Bee and Butterfly Lucy Foster Madison
  • All over the tree they ran, creepy, crawly, looking at every single thing.

  • There werent spiders, or rats, or any crawly things to lend picturesqueness to the situation.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • They're so crawly and graceful—but, just the same, I like to watch them.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • The next instant something cold and crawly struck my upheld wrist, slid across it, and dropped with a fleshy thud on the floor.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • It makes me crawly to think of their daring to talk over all I do and say.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Was the cellar all horrid with old papers and rats and mice and spiders and crawly things with legs?

    The Adopting of Rosa Marie Carroll Watson Rankin
  • The z in "lizard" adds a creepy, crawly, sinister something to the name which even the wretched word "snake" does not suggest.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
British Dictionary definitions for crawly

crawly

/ˈkrɔːlɪ/
adjective crawlier, crawliest
1.
(informal) feeling or causing a sensation like creatures crawling on one's skin
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