creepy-crawly

/kree"pee kraw"lee/, n., pl. creepy-crawlies, adj., creepy-crawlier, creepy-crawliest. Informal.
n.
1. a creeping or crawling animal, esp. an insect.
adj.
2. creepy (def. 1).
[1855-60; see CREEP, CRAWL1, -Y1]

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • creepy-crawly — plural creepy crawlies n informal an insect, especially one that you are frightened of …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • creepy-crawly — [krē΄pē krôl′ē] n. pl. creepy crawlies Slang something, as a crawling insect or spider, regarded as frightening and repugnant …   English World dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — UK [ˌkriːpɪ ˈkrɔːlɪ] / US [ˌkrɪpɪ ˈkrɔlɪ] noun [countable] Word forms creepy crawly : singular creepy crawly plural creepy crawlies informal an insect. This word shows that you dislike or are afraid of insects …   English dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — [[t]kri͟ːpi krɔ͟ːli[/t]] creepy crawlies N COUNT: usu pl (disapproval) You can refer to insects as creepy crawlies when they give you a feeling of fear or disgust. This word is mainly used by children. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — noun (plural creepy crawlies) informal a spider, worm, or other small flightless creature …   English new terms dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — Noun. An insect, or spider, usually viewed distastefully. E.g. Don t go in the cellar, it s damp and full of creepy crawlies. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • creepy-crawly — creep′y crawl′y n. pl. crawl•ies, adj. Informal. 1) cvb inf a creeping insect 2) cvb inf creepy 1) • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • creepy-crawly — noun Any small crawling animal such as a spider, insect or worm …   Wiktionary

  • creepy-crawly — creep|y crawl|y [ ,kripi krɔli ] noun count INFORMAL an insect. This word shows that you dislike or are afraid of insects …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • creepy crawly — any crawling creature (especially of insects) …   English contemporary dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.