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creepy-crawly

[kree-pee-kraw-lee] /ˈkri piˈkrɔ li/
noun, plural creepy-crawlies.
1.
a creeping or crawling animal, especially an insect.
adjective, creepy-crawlier, creepy-crawliest.
2.
creepy (def 1).
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; see creep, crawl1, -y1
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  • 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.
  • Sufferers report creepy-crawly and stinging sensations under their skin and the emergence there of tiny threads or fibers.
British Dictionary definitions for creepy-crawly

creepy-crawly

noun (pl) -crawlies
1.
a small crawling creature
adjective
2.
feeling or causing a sensation as of creatures crawling on one's skin
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Slang definitions & phrases for creepy-crawly

creepy-crawly

adjective

Loathsome; repellent; creepy: The trio plunges into the creepy-crawly high life of Acapulco (1880s+)

noun

A nasty creature, esp the caterpillar, snake, or centipede sort: the lair, maybe, of creepycrawlies or a ghost (1920s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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