The definition of creepy-crawly is a slang term used for insects or other creatures that crawl and make people feel fear and disgust.
An example of creepy-crawly is spiders.
Slang something, as a crawling insect or spider, regarded as frightening and repugnant
Origin of creepy-crawlyreduplicated, reduplication based on creep + crawl
- One, such as a spider, insect, or worm, that crawls.
- creepy-crawlies A sensation of fear, repugnance, or nervous agitation.
- (Australia, informal, trademark erosion) an automated suction pool cleaner.
From Kreepy Krauly, brand name, from Etymology 1