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snaky

[sney-kee]
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adjective, snak·i·er, snak·i·est.
  1. of or relating to snakes.
  2. abounding in snakes, as a place.
  3. snakelike; twisting, winding, or sinuous.
  4. venomous; treacherous or insidious: a snaky remark.
  5. consisting of, entwined with, or bearing a representation of snakes or serpents, as a ring.
  6. Australian Informal. irritable, angry, or spiteful.
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Origin of snaky

First recorded in 1560–70; snake + -y1
Related formssnak·i·ly, adverbsnak·i·ness, nounun·snak·y, adjective
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Related Words for snaky

convoluted, indirect, meandering, serpentine, sinuous, tortuous, twisted, zigzag, anfractuous, flexuous, meandrous, writhing, entwined, twisting, crafty, insidious, lurking, perfidious, sneaky, subtle

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Historical Examples of snaky

  • "Snaky" was Belle's thought of the woman; "sinuous" was Garlock's of the man.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • She juggled the wheel and made a snaky path off to one side of the road.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • "They're so snaky, dark, and deceitful-looking," interrupted Mrs. Markham.

  • She gave me to understand, in that snaky, frozen way of hers, that I was a fool for thinking so.

    No Clue

    James Hay

  • "He's the long, snaky knife that hangs in the parlor," said Hortense.


British Dictionary definitions for snaky

snaky

adjective snakier or snakiest
  1. of or like a snake; sinuous
  2. treacherous or insidious
  3. infested with snakes
  4. Australian and NZ informal angry or bad-tempered
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Derived Formssnakily, adverbsnakiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snaky

adj.

1560s, from snake (n.) + -y (2).

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