adjective, crawl·i·er, crawl·i·est.

that crawls; noting or describing things, as worms or insects, that crawl, especially imparting a queasy feeling; creepy.

noun, plural crawl·ies.

a crawling insect, small reptile, etc.

Origin of crawly

First recorded in 1855–60; crawl1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crawly

Historical Examples of crawly

  • The horror of it was that the creeping, crawly thing made no sound—only crawled!

  • It sort of scares me, Steve—it's so creepy and crawly looking.

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • All over the tree they ran, creepy, crawly, looking at every single thing.

  • "But there's men that is nasty and crawly things," he argued.

  • They're so crawly and graceful—but, just the same, I like to watch them.


    Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for crawly


adjective crawlier or crawliest

informal feeling or causing a sensation like creatures crawling on one's skin
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