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[sney-kee] /ˈsneɪ ki/
adjective, snakier, snakiest.
of or relating to snakes.
abounding in snakes, as a place.
snakelike; twisting, winding, or sinuous.
venomous; treacherous or insidious:
a snaky remark.
consisting of, entwined with, or bearing a representation of snakes or serpents, as a ring.
Australian Informal. irritable, angry, or spiteful.
Origin of snaky
1560-70; snake + -y1
Related forms
snakily, adverb
snakiness, noun
unsnaky, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snaky
Historical Examples
  • The nearer he came, the more terrible did the snaky visage and metallic body of the-33- monster grow.

    A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "They're so snaky, dark, and deceitful-looking," interrupted Mrs. Markham.

  • Here one of the ascending spirits seeks to save his condemned brother, whom the abyss already embraces in its snaky folds.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • She gave me to understand, in that snaky, frozen way of hers, that I was a fool for thinking so.

    No Clue James Hay
  • Already the Western girl was quite enamored of the smiling, snaky Rose Mantel.

  • "snaky" was Belle's thought of the woman; "sinuous" was Garlock's of the man.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • I saw Broussard's snaky eyes flash across toward Coombs' face, but the latter remained motionless.

    Gordon Craig Randall Parrish
  • It's his snaky movements and his ferret eyes that is getting on me nerves.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Beneath lay the wide bush-clad valley of the White Umfolosi—the river winding in a snaky band.

    The King's Assegai Bertram Mitford
  • Beautiful the strange, snaky lifting of the muzzles, the swaying of the sharp horns.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for snaky


adjective snakier, snakiest
of or like a snake; sinuous
treacherous or insidious
infested with snakes
(Austral & NZ, informal) angry or bad-tempered
Derived Forms
snakily, adverb
snakiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snaky

1560s, from snake (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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