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slither

[ slith-er ]
/ ˈslɪð ər /
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verb (used without object)
to slide down or along a surface, especially unsteadily, from side to side, or with some friction or noise: The box slithered down the chute.
to go or walk with a sliding motion:The snake slithered across the path.
verb (used with object)
to cause to slither or slide.
noun
a slithering movement; slide.
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Origin of slither

1150–1200; Middle English slitheren, variant of sliddren,Old English slid(e)rian, frequentative of slīdan to slide; see -er6

OTHER WORDS FROM slither

slith·er·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slither

slither
/ (ˈslɪðə) /

verb
to move or slide or cause to move or slide unsteadily, as on a slippery surface
(intr) to travel with a sliding motion
noun
a slithering motion

Word Origin for slither

Old English slidrian, from slīdan to slide
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