- 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 slitheryglossy, greasy, icy, lubricious, oily, oleaginous, shiny, sleek, slippery, soapy, sleeky
Examples from the Web for slithery
Historical Examples of slithery
Up we went another twenty yards, then another; but always to find that slithery rock-face mocking our efforts to outflank it.Unexplored Spain
Then came the sound of a hearty greeting in a masculine voice, followed by a slithery sound of wet clothing.The Outdoor Girls at Bluff Point
Laura Lee Hope
So we hastened to the stable yard and inspected the kennels, where the two mothers lay with their slithery tail-wagging broods.The Mountebank
William J. Locke
- moving with a slithering motion
- suggestive of a slithering creature
- 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
Word Origin and History for slithery
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.).