- 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 Wordsglide, slink, sneak, wriggle, crawl, skid, move, glissade, coast, skate, snake, slip, cower, gumshoe, lurk, meander, prowl, pussyfoot, shirk, sidle
Examples from the Web for slithered
But privately, according to Trierweiler, Hollande slithered back and attempted to rekindle the mortally wounded relationship.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
At some point, West shed the skin of a public intellectual, and slithered into the second skin of a public personality.Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline
October 23, 2014
But Johnny slithered into the shaft, crawled five hundred feet into the earth.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Finally, she slithered into a finished dress: the ultimate chic sheath, a collarless long-sleeved navy blue garment.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’
November 21, 2013
And then, of course, not even an hour passed before he slithered down to those expectations and buckled.How Mitt Romney Missed His Moment on Contraception
March 2, 2012
And past the dinner-table, now smoking and ready, he slithered out of the house.The Manxman
The vast stone pincers were lifted from him; slithered to the ground beside him.The Planetoid of Peril
The streamer slipped from his fingers and slithered over the side.
Then, like an ambient fungus, it slithered off into the jungle undergrowth.Survival Tactics
I could hear his voice as I slithered slowly across my plank of dread.Border Ghost Stories
- 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 and History for slithered
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.).