- 1Move smoothly over a surface with a twisting or oscillating motion: I spied a baby adder slithering awayMore example sentences
- A variety of snakes twisted and slithered across his shoulders down to his fingertips as if they had a life of their own.
- The ship seems to slither and move as if it's alive.
- Then, above our heads soared three eagles, and not long after, an adder slithered calmly between our feet.
- 1.1Slide or slip unsteadily on a loose or slippery surface: we slithered down a snowy mountain trackMore example sentences
- Envelopes are rapidly slithering and sliding across the floor and plastic bags can be seen floating upwards as if they were balloons.
- Just up the hill beyond, up which our wheels slithered and slid, we left the van at the roadside and unloaded the god-goodies we'd picked up in the small town on the way.
- We watched spellbound as they rolled around in the deep mud, then slithered and slid up the muddy bank before playfully pushing each other back down the slope.
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- A slithering movement: a snakelike slither across the grassMore example sentences
- He dapples the piece with shadow, signs his name in a loose-wristed slither and slides the book forward.
- Each rock was chosen and placed very precisely so that the pace of the water would change from a slither to a surge at various points along the waterfall's course.
- Viro heard a slither, and a hiss, and looked above; from the rafters, a furred snake hung, its tail coiled upon a rotten wooded sign, the whitish paint flecked and gone.
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- So when the rain came down and the tracks got all muddy and slithery, it was a good time to put the X Trail through its paces.
- I'm finally alerted by a creepy slithery, slippy step nearby on soppy, dew-saturated fallen leaves.
- But Luskin's own record of slithery parsification forces us to assume that these words are carefully chosen to conceal rather than elucidate.
Middle English: alteration of the dialect verb slidder, frequentative from the base of slide.