slithery

slither

[slith-er]
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; Middle English slitheren, variant of sliddren, Old English slid(e)rian, frequentative of slīdan to slide; see -er6

slithery, adjective
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slither (ˈslɪðə)
 
vb
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
 
n
3.  a slithering motion
 
[Old English slidrian, from slīdan to slide]

slithery (ˈslɪðərɪ)
 
adj , -ier, -iest
1.  moving with a slithering motion
2.  suggestive of a slithering creature

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slither
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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