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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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  • There was a crackling, and the long, spidery limbs quivered and writhed.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • It was written in an old-fashioned, lady's hand, angular and spidery.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • No doubt there was a sensation of the spidery in my embrace.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • The four Gnii went into a small huddle, waving their spidery legs at each other.

    Mr. President Stephen Arr
  • The Chief grimaced, but he went back to the assembly of the spidery device.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • I've sat round in Tokio and looked at lanterns and spidery letters until I'm tired of it.

    The North Pacific Willis Boyd Allen
  • I know where I am with a 'orse; but these 'ere little, twisty, spidery wheels——Come over, will ye.

    Puppets at Large F. Anstey
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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