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.

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

Examples from the Web for snaky

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


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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