creepy-crawly

[ kree-pee-kraw-lee ]

noun,plural creep·y-crawl·ies.
  1. a creeping or crawling animal, especially an insect.

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

Origin of creepy-crawly

1
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 /


nounplural -crawlies
  1. a small crawling creature

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

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