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  1. a person or thing that crawls.
  2. 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.
  3. hellgrammite.
  4. Often crawlers. a garment with long pants, short sleeves or suspender straps, and sometimes feet for a baby who does not yet walk.
  5. Australian Slang. sycophant.
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Origin of crawler

1640–50; 1925–30 for def 3; crawl1 + -er1
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Related Words for crawler

babe, youngster, child, chick, toddler, kid, pollute, defile, overwhelm, beset, assail, flock, worry, fill, crowd, pester, ravage, swarm, invade, teem

Examples from the Web for crawler

Historical Examples of crawler

  • That still doesn't let you off for not belting that crawler with our six-inchers!

    On the Trail of the Space Pirates

    Carey Rockwell

  • "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.

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

  • He skidded the crawler ponderously to halt near the edge of the settlement.

    Student Body

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • The crawler behind the beast slid back into the hollow and disappeared.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for crawler


  1. slang a servile flatterer
  2. a person or animal that crawls
  3. US an informal name for earthworm
  4. a computer program that is capable of performing recursive searches on the Internet
  5. (plural) a baby's overalls; rompers
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