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[spahy-duh-ree] /ˈspaɪ də ri/
like a spider or a spider's web.
full of spiders.
Origin of spidery
First recorded in 1830-40; spider + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He sprang among the wires with a spidery sort of agility, caught one, pulled and hung upon it with, all his weight.

  • It was written in an old-fashioned, lady's hand, angular and spidery.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • Her handwriting had been spidery enough, and he pictured her hopefully as small and wizened.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
  • No doubt there was a sensation of the spidery in my embrace.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • He whispered this information to Justice Rowan's brother behind his big, speckled hand covered with its red, spidery hair.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The four Gnii went into a small huddle, waving their spidery legs at each other.

    Mr. President Stephen Arr
  • It was a vast cavern of metal sheathing and spidery girders, filled with sound and detail.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for spidery


thin and angular like a spider's legs: spidery handwriting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spidery

1825, from spider + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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