verb (used without object)
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.
to go or walk with a sliding motion: The snake slithered across the path.
verb (used with object)
to cause to slither or slide.
a slithering movement; slide.

1150–1200; Middle English slitheren, variant of sliddren, Old English slid(e)rian, frequentative of slīdan to slide; see -er6

slithery, adjective Unabridged
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slither (ˈslɪðə)
1.  to move or slide or cause to move or slide unsteadily, as on a slippery surface
2.  (intr) to travel with a sliding motion
3.  a slithering motion
[Old English slidrian, from slīdan to slide]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. slidrian "to slide on a loose slope," a frequentative form of slidan "to slide" (see slide). Meaning "to walk in a sliding manner" is attested from 1848. In ref. to reptile motion, attested from 1839.
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Example sentences
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.
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