[ krawl ]
/ krɔl /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to visit or frequent a series of (especially bars): to crawl the neighborhood pubs.
Also spider. Digital Technology. to retrieve (data) from a website using a computer program, as in order to index web pages for a search engine: Search engines are constantly crawling the web.


Nearby words

  1. crawford,
  2. crawford, joan,
  3. crawford, thomas,
  4. crawford, william harris,
  5. crawfordsville,
  6. crawl space,
  7. crawler,
  8. crawler lane,
  9. crawler track,
  10. crawley

Origin of crawl

1150–1200; Middle English crawlen < Old Norse krafla; compare Danish kravle “to crawl, creep”

Related formscrawl·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedcraw crawl

Synonym study

1. Crawl, creep refer to methods of moving like reptiles or worms, or on all fours. They are frequently interchangeable, but crawl is used of a more prostrate movement than creep : A dog afraid of punishment crawls toward his master. Creep expresses slow progress: A child creeps before walking or running. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crawling


/ (ˈkrɔːlɪŋ) /


a defect in freshly applied paint or varnish characterized by bare patches and ridging


/ (krɔːl) /

verb (intr)


a slow creeping pace or motion
Also called: Australian crawl, front crawl swimming a stroke in which the feet are kicked like paddles while the arms reach forward and pull back through the water
Derived Formscrawlingly, adverb

Word Origin for crawl

C14: probably from Old Norse krafla to creep; compare Swedish kravla, Middle Low German krabbelen to crawl, Old Norse krabbi crab 1


/ (krɔːl) /


an enclosure in shallow, coastal water for fish, lobsters, etc

Word Origin for crawl

C17: from Dutch kraal kraal

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Word Origin and History for crawling
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