creepy-crawly

[kree-pee-kraw-lee]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.


Origin of creepy-crawly

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

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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