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[kraw-lee] /ˈkrɔ li/ Informal.
adjective, crawlier, crawliest.
that crawls; noting or describing things, as worms or insects, that crawl, especially imparting a queasy feeling; creepy.
noun, plural crawlies.
a crawling insect, small reptile, etc.
Origin of crawly
1855-60; crawl1 + -y1 Unabridged
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  • They're creepy, they're crawly and they're often quite difficult to spot.
  • Scientists may have uncovered why spiders are so creepy-crawly-they have more legs than they need, a new study says.
  • Scientists may have uncovered why spiders are so creepy-crawly-they have more legs than they actually need, a new study says.
  • Spiders are often considered top-dog predators of the creepy crawly world.
  • The creepy crawly you don't see is definitely scarier than the one you do.
  • Activities include creepy crawly crafts, spooky story time and a haunting movie.
  • Creepy and crawly, spiders are actually fascinating creatures that don't deserve that reputation.
  • Beware of creepy crawly creatures in the park and keep an eye out for the pit of snakes and trees with grabbing hands.
  • Learn about the fascinating lives of scorpions and that not all crawly creatures are creepy.
  • As the weather warms, you can count on the annual invasion of icky, crawly things.
British Dictionary definitions for crawly


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