- The definition of a crawl is a slow movement, the dragging of the body along the ground or a swimming stroke.
- An example of a crawl is extremely slow moving traffic.
- An example of a crawl is a baby moving on the ground on his hands and knees.
- An example of a crawl is swimming with an overarm stroke and flutter kicks.
- Crawl means to move slowly on the ground, generally on the hands and knees.
An example of crawl is for a baby to scoot across the floor on her hands and knees.
- to move slowly by dragging the body along the ground, as a worm
- to go on hands and knees; creep
- to move or go slowly or feebly
- to move or act in an abjectly servile manner
- to swarm or teem (with crawling things)
Origin of crawlMiddle English craulen ; from Old Norse krafla ; from Germanic base an unverified form krab-, an unverified form kreb-, to scratch (from source German krabbeln): for Indo-European base see crab
- the act of crawling; slow movement
- a swimming stroke in which one lies prone, with the face in the water except when turned briefly sideward for breathing, and uses alternate overarm strokes and a flutter kick
- a bulletin, explanation, or credits run up or across a TV screen
- Brit., Slang pub-crawl
make someone's flesh crawlor make someone's skin crawl
Origin of crawlWIndDu kraal ; from Spanish corral: see corral
intransitive verbcrawled, crawl·ing, crawls
- To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep: The baby crawled across the floor.
- To advance slowly, feebly, laboriously, or with frequent stops: We crawled along in traffic until we reached the highway.
- To proceed or act servilely: “She was going to come crawling back to me, eloquently detailing exactly how sorry she was” (Emily Griffin).
- To be or feel as if swarming or covered with moving things: The accident scene was crawling with police officers. My flesh crawled in horror.
- To swim the crawl.
- The action of moving slowly on the hands or knees or dragging the body along the ground.
- An extremely slow pace: Traffic was moving at a crawl.
- Sports A rapid swimming stroke consisting of alternating overarm strokes and a flutter kick.
- A set of letters or figures that move across, up, or down a movie or television screen, usually giving information, such as film credits or weather alerts. Also called crawler.
Origin of crawlMiddle English craulen, from Old Norse krafla; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of crawlAfrikaans kraal, enclosure for animals; see kraal.
(third-person singular simple present crawls, present participle crawling, simple past and past participle crawled)
- (intransitive) To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
- Clutching my wounded side, I crawled back to the trench.
- (intransitive) To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
- The rush-hour traffic crawled around the bypass.
- (intransitive) To act in a servile manner.
- Don't come crawling to me with your useless apologies!
- (intransitive, with "with") See crawl with.
- (intransitive) To feel a swarming sensation.
- The horrible sight made my skin crawl.
- (intransitive) To swim using the crawl stroke.
- I think I'll crawl the next hundred metres.
- To move over an area on hands and knees.
- The baby crawled the entire second floor.
- (intransitive) To visit while becoming inebriated.
- They crawled the downtown bars.
- To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching.
- Yahoo Search has updated its Slurp Crawler to crawl web sites faster and more efficient.
Middle English crawlen, from Old Norse krafla (compare Danish kravle ‘to crawl, creep’, Swedish kravla), from Proto-Germanic *krablōną (compare Dutch krabbelen, Low German krabbeln, Middle High German krappeln), frequentative of Proto-Germanic *krabbōną ‘to scratch, scrape’. More at crab.