creepy-crawly

[ kree-pee-kraw-lee ]
/ ˈkri piˈkrɔ li /
Informal.
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noun, plural creep·y-crawl·ies.

a creeping or crawling animal, especially an insect.

adjective, creep·y-crawl·i·er, creep·y-crawl·i·est.


Nearby words

  1. creeping jesus,
  2. creeping juniper,
  3. creeping thistle,
  4. creeps,
  5. creepy,
  6. creese,
  7. crefeld,
  8. crem,
  9. cremains,
  10. cremaster

Origin of creepy-crawly

First recorded in 1855–60; see origin at creep, crawl1, -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for creepy-crawly

creepy-crawly

/ British informal /

noun plural -crawlies

a small crawling creature

adjective

feeling or causing a sensation as of creatures crawling on one's skin
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