- 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.
crawl definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- crawler noun
Origin: WIndDu kraal ; from Spanish corral: see corral
crawl definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb crawled, crawl·ing, crawls
- To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep.
- To advance slowly, feebly, laboriously, or with frequent stops: We crawled along until we reached the open road.
- To proceed or act servilely.
- 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. See Synonyms at teem1.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English craulen, from Old Norse krafla; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
- crawlˈing·ly adverb
Origin: Afrikaans kraal, enclosure for animals; see kraal.
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crawl - Phrases/Idioms
make someone's flesh crawlor make someone's skin crawl