[ krab-wahyz ]
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  1. sideways: patrons edging crabwise along the crowded row of theater seats.

Origin of crabwise

First recorded in 1900–05; crab1 + -wise

Words Nearby crabwise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crabwise in a sentence

  • To his astonishment the stranger's mobile lips twisted in a snarl and he edged crabwise toward the bushes bordering the glen.

    Ralestone Luck | Andre Norton
  • And so on, and all the time it is not wanting to go either to Thirlmere or to Penrith, but is sidling crabwise to Keswick.

    Windfalls | (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
  • He was well up into the cleft, moving crabwise, unwilling to turn his back on the Throg.

    Storm Over Warlock | Andre Norton
  • Able Jake, with the controlling influence of the jets cut, had yawed slightly and was now traveling crabwise.

    Far from Home | J.A. Taylor
  • Mr. Wayne stiffened and wheeled; Mr. Briggs sidled hastily toward the doorway, crabwise; the poet choked back the word, Phup!

    Iole | Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for crabwise


/ (ˈkræbˌwaɪz) /

adjective, adverb
  1. (of motion) sideways; like a crab

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