- To slither is to move smoothly and unobtrusively along a surface, often with a twisting motion.
When a snake glides smoothly along the ground, twisting back and forth, this is an example of a time when the snake slithers.
- to slip or slide on or as on a slope with a loose or broken surface
- to move along by sliding or gliding, as a snake
- to walk with a sliding motion
Origin: Middle English slitheren, variant, variety of slideren from Old English sliderian, frequentative from base of slidan, to slide
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verb slith·ered, slith·er·ing, slith·ers verb, intransitive
- To glide or slide like a reptile. See Synonyms at slide.
- To walk with a sliding or shuffling gait.
- To slip and slide, as on a loose or uneven surface.
Origin: Middle English slethren, variant of sliddren, from Old English slidrian, frequentative of slīdan, to slide.
- slithˈer·y adjective