Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[sen-tuh-peed] /ˈsɛn təˌpid/
any of numerous predaceous, chiefly nocturnal arthropods constituting the class Chilopoda, having an elongated, flattened body composed of from 15 to 173 segments, each with a pair of legs, the first pair being modified into poison fangs.
Origin of centipede
From the Latin word centipeda, dating back to 1595-1605. See centi-, -pede
Related forms
[sen-tip-i-dl, sen-tuh-peed-l] /sɛnˈtɪp ɪ dl, ˌsɛn təˈpid l/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for centipede
Historical Examples
  • You should be a centipede, Hal, instead of that forlorn biped, a bachelor.

  • "He saw me walking in the Stad with the centipede," Greta added.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Have you swallowed a centipede or has the cramp-colic griped you?

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • Was the creature a centipede he would hardly have drumsticks to satisfy you!

    Carl and the Cotton Gin

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • And the centipede laughed a cackling laugh and went in again.

  • If he had as many legs as a centipede, they would tire before night.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • T—— once watched one of them in desperate battle with a centipede.

  • The stings of the centipede and other animals should be dealt with exactly as that of the scorpion.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
  • During my stay there I was bitten by a centipede on the ball of my thumb.

    Torrey's Narrative William Torrey
  • It was no less than thirty feet long, but it was a centipede.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for centipede


any carnivorous arthropod of the genera Lithobius, Scutigera, etc, having a body of between 15 and 190 segments, each bearing one pair of legs: class Chilopoda See also myriapod
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 centipede

1640s, from French centipède, from Latin centipeda "many-footed insect," from centum "hundred" (see hundred) + pedis, genitive of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
centipede in Science
Any of various flattened, wormlike arthropods of the class Chilopoda, whose bodies are divided into many segments, each with one pair of legs. The front legs are modified into venomous pincers used to catch prey. Compare millipede.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for centipede

Word Value for centipede

Scrabble Words With Friends