follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

snaky

[sney-kee] /ˈsneɪ ki/
adjective, snakier, snakiest.
1.
of or relating to snakes.
2.
abounding in snakes, as a place.
3.
snakelike; twisting, winding, or sinuous.
4.
venomous; treacherous or insidious:
a snaky remark.
5.
consisting of, entwined with, or bearing a representation of snakes or serpents, as a ring.
6.
Australian Informal. irritable, angry, or spiteful.
Origin of snaky
1560-1570
1560-70; snake + -y1
Related forms
snakily, adverb
snakiness, noun
unsnaky, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
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
  • "snaky" was Belle's thought of the woman; "sinuous" was Garlock's of the man.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • 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
  • "They're so snaky, dark, and deceitful-looking," interrupted Mrs. Markham.

  • Already the Western girl was quite enamored of the smiling, snaky Rose Mantel.

  • She gave me to understand, in that snaky, frozen way of hers, that I was a fool for thinking so.

    No Clue James Hay
  • 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

snaky

/ˈsneɪkɪ/
adjective snakier, snakiest
1.
of or like a snake; sinuous
2.
treacherous or insidious
3.
infested with snakes
4.
(Austral & NZ, informal) angry or bad-tempered
Derived Forms
snakily, adverb
snakiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for snaky
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for snaky

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for snaky

12
12
Scrabble Words With Friends