[ spahy-duh-ree ]

  1. like a spider or a spider's web.

  2. full of spiders.

Origin of spidery

First recorded in 1830–40; spider + -y1

Words Nearby spidery

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How to use spidery in a sentence

  • Here is a large pile of spectacles, a spidery mass of rusted wire-frames and dusty lenses.

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  • She begins by a ruthless survey of corners, floors, spidery rafters, and grimy windows.

  • Aunt Ann with her ringlets, and her spidery kind hands, and her grave old aquiline smile—a fine old lady, Aunt Ann!

  • It was a light frame of white metal bars, with spidery coils and huge glowing tubes and flimsy spinning disks mounted in it.

  • There was a crackling, and the long, spidery limbs quivered and writhed.

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  • Hazy forms materialized on the lighted disk—the cage of the transparent, woven basket—dark spidery forms within.

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British Dictionary definitions for spidery


/ (ˈspaɪdərɪ) /

  1. thin and angular like a spider's legs: spidery handwriting

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