- 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.
- to cause to slither or slide.
- a slithering movement; slide.
Origin of slither
Related Words for slitherglide, slink, sneak, wriggle, crawl, skid, move, glissade, coast, skate, snake, slip
Examples from the Web for slither
Contemporary Examples of slither
Wayne LaPierre may have won the week, and he may slither away without Congress doing anything this time around.LaPierre et Le Deluge
April 6, 2013
On the day the Sun-Times finally sank, an Ontario court rejected Breeden's effort to slither out of my libel suits.I Was Right
April 3, 2009
Historical Examples of slither
If I see the Cat or the other one, I'll slither through their bones.The Cat in Grandfather's House
Carl Henry Grabo
Slither it on good and thick and let it trickle down into the cracks.Walter and the Wireless
Sara Ware Bassett
"I can't stand things that scuttle and slither and crawl," said Ives.Breaking Point
James E. Gunn
It opened with a slither of wood and a rumble of sash weights.Pythias
We slither and slide to the bottom of the pit and gather fragments of steel.'Green Balls'
- to move or slide or cause to move or slide unsteadily, as on a slippery surface
- (intr) to travel with a sliding motion
- a slithering motion
Word Origin for slither
early 15c., variant of Middle English slidder "to slip, slide," from Old English slidrian "to slip, slide on a loose slope," a frequentative form of slidan "to slide" (see slide (v.)). For spelling change, cf. gather. Meaning "to walk in a sliding manner" is attested from 1848. In reference to reptile motion, attested from 1839. Related: Slithered; slithering.
"slithering movement," 1861, from slither (v.).