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[kraw-ler] /ˈkrɔ lər/
a person or thing that crawls.
Also called crawler tractor. any of various large, heavy vehicles or machines that are propelled on endless belts or tracks, especially as used in construction.
Often, crawlers. a garment with long pants, short sleeves or suspender straps, and sometimes feet for a baby who does not yet walk.
Australian Slang. sycophant.
Origin of crawler
1640-50; 1925-30 for def 3; crawl1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The crawler behind the beast slid back into the hollow and disappeared.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • "There's one thing, if I ever fell in love with a man he'd have to be a man and not a crawler," said Dawn.

  • The bite of a crawler was poisonous, instantly paralyzing even to a unicorn, though not instantly killing them.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • A swarm of children of every age, from the crawler upwards, was left in charge.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • They had taken one of the powerful longbows with them, in addition to their crossbows, and they killed a crawler with it one day.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • He skidded the crawler ponderously to halt near the edge of the settlement.

    Student Body Floyd L. Wallace
  • Hasty movements answered that as the Medic's limp body was thrust under the cover offered by the upper framework of the crawler.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • His crawler was soaked by the water in which he lived half his life.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • The crawler may be grateful, but he shows it in a poor way, for he turns on the faithful nettle, and eats it up.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • And my young Claude being a cripple for life, 'is father kicking 'im when he was a crawler in one of 'is drunken fits.

    Workhouse Characters Margaret Wynne Nevinson
British Dictionary definitions for crawler


(slang) a servile flatterer
a person or animal that crawls
(US) an informal name for earthworm
a computer program that is capable of performing recursive searches on the Internet
(pl) a baby's overalls; rompers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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