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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -crawlies

a small crawling creature


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