verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- slit fricative,
- slit pocket,
- slit trench,
- sliver building
Origin of slither
Examples from the Web for slithery
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
Up we went another twenty yards, then another; but always to find that slithery rock-face mocking our efforts to outflank it.Unexplored Spain|Abel Chapman
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
adjective -ier or -iest
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.).