creepy-crawly

[kree-pee-kraw-lee]Informal.
adjective, creep·y-crawl·i·er, creep·y-crawl·i·est.
  1. creepy(def 1).

Origin of creepy-crawly

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

noun plural -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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