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  1. sideways: patrons edging crabwise along the crowded row of theater seats.
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Origin of crabwise

First recorded in 1900–05; crab1 + -wise
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Related Words for crabwise

oblique, side, obliquely, sidelong, crabwise, edgeways, flanking, sideward, skirting, alongside, aside, athwart, indirectly, laterally, slanting, sloping, aslant, aslope, broadside, slantwise

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Historical Examples of crabwise

  • Instead, he sidled, crabwise, into the middle of the street.

    H. R.

    Edwin Lefevre

  • "Oh—well—gee—of course—" sighed Graff, as he went out, crabwise.


    Sinclair Lewis

  • Mr. Wayne stiffened and wheeled; Mr. Briggs sidled hastily toward the doorway, crabwise; the poet choked back the word, Phup!


    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for crabwise


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