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creepy-crawly

[kree-pee-kraw-lee]Informal.
noun, plural creep·y-crawl·ies.
  1. a creeping or crawling animal, especially an insect.
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adjective, creep·y-crawl·i·er, creep·y-crawl·i·est.
  1. creepy(def 1).
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Origin of creepy-crawly

First recorded in 1855–60; see origin at creep, crawl1, -y1
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Examples from the Web for creepy-crawly

Historical Examples

  • What's the 'realms of Creepy-crawly, Shivery-shaky' I wonder?

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting

  • There were three creepy-crawly people hiding in the plate-rack.

  • And now comes the best part of the story, which is, of course, the "creepy-crawly" and horrible part.


British Dictionary definitions for creepy-crawly

creepy-crawly

noun plural -crawlies
  1. a small crawling creature
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adjective
  1. feeling or causing a sensation as of creatures crawling on one's skin
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