like a spider or a spider's web.
full of spiders.

Origin of spidery

First recorded in 1830–40; spider + -y1
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Examples from the Web for spidery

Contemporary Examples of spidery

Historical Examples of spidery

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

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • It was written in an old-fashioned, lady's hand, angular and spidery.

    An Outback Marriage

    Andrew Barton Paterson

  • No doubt there was a sensation of the spidery in my embrace.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • The four Gnii went into a small huddle, waving their spidery legs at each other.

    Mr. President

    Stephen Arr

  • The Chief grimaced, but he went back to the assembly of the spidery device.

    Space Tug

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for spidery



thin and angular like a spider's legsspidery handwriting
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Word Origin and History for spidery

1825, from spider + -y (2).

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