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slither

[slith -er] /ˈslɪð ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to slide down or along a surface, especially unsteadily, from side to side, or with some friction or noise:
The box slithered down the chute.
2.
to go or walk with a sliding motion:
The snake slithered across the path.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to slither or slide.
noun
4.
a slithering movement; slide.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English slitheren, variant of sliddren, Old English slid(e)rian, frequentative of slīdan to slide; see -er6
Related forms
slithery, adjective
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Examples for slithered
  • We were screaming and running around on the jetty while the eel slithered around on the line.
  • He programmed robots that slithered into abandoned mines and came back hours later with detailed maps of the interior.
  • And he wore this stuff long before grunge slithered onto the market.
  • But something happened when our aquatic ancestors first slithered onto the land.
  • In that period the economy has slithered towards recession.
  • Virtual creatures slithered through the water and peered out from behind the real museum's support pillars.
  • Stories about water serpents have slithered into many cultures.
  • Snakes have slithered into the folklore of many cultures.
  • They were there to catch and return to the wild a rattlesnake that had slithered indoors.
  • But it was only a small crocodile, and it slithered at once into the safety of the river.
British Dictionary definitions for slithered

slither

/ˈslɪðə/
verb
1.
to move or slide or cause to move or slide unsteadily, as on a slippery surface
2.
(intransitive) to travel with a sliding motion
noun
3.
a slithering motion
Word Origin
Old English slidrian, from slīdan to slide
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Word Origin and History for slithered

slither

v.

early 15c., variant of Middle English slidder "to slip, slide," from Old English slidrian "to slip, slide on a loose slope," a frequentative form of slidan "to slide" (see slide (v.)). For spelling change, cf. gather. Meaning "to walk in a sliding manner" is attested from 1848. In reference to reptile motion, attested from 1839. Related: Slithered; slithering.

n.

"slithering movement," 1861, from slither (v.).

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