[ kraw-lee ]
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adjective,crawl·i·er, crawl·i·est.
  1. that crawls; noting or describing things, as worms or insects, that crawl, especially imparting a queasy feeling; creepy.

noun,plural crawl·ies.
  1. a crawling insect, small reptile, etc.

Origin of crawly

First recorded in 1855–60; crawl1 + -y1

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

How to use crawly in a sentence

  • Was the cellar all horrid with old papers and rats and mice and spiders and crawly things with legs?

    The Adopting of Rosa Marie | Carroll Watson Rankin

British Dictionary definitions for crawly


/ (ˈkrɔːlɪ) /

adjectivecrawlier or crawliest
  1. informal feeling or causing a sensation like creatures crawling on one's skin

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