adjective, snak·i·er, snak·i·est.

of or relating to snakes.
abounding in snakes, as a place.
snakelike; twisting, winding, or sinuous.
venomous; treacherous or insidious: a snaky remark.
consisting of, entwined with, or bearing a representation of snakes or serpents, as a ring.
Australian Informal. irritable, angry, or spiteful.

Nearby words

  1. snakes and ladders,
  2. snakeskin,
  3. snakestone,
  4. snakeweed,
  5. snakewood,
  6. snap,
  7. snap at,
  8. snap back,
  9. snap bean,
  10. snap brim

Origin of snaky

First recorded in 1560–70; snake + -y1

Related formssnak·i·ly, adverbsnak·i·ness, nounun·snak·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snaky


adjective snakier or snakiest

of or like a snake; sinuous
treacherous or insidious
infested with snakes
Australian and NZ informal angry or bad-tempered
Derived Formssnakily, adverbsnakiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for snaky



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

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