The definition of a snail is a small animal with a distinct head whose body is mostly enclosed by a shell and moves slowly using one muscular foot.
An example of a snail is escargot.
- any of a large number of slow-moving gastropods living on land or in water and having a spiral protective shell: some kinds are used as food
- any lazy, slow-moving person or animal
Origin of snailMiddle English snaile from Old English snægl, akin to German dialect, dialectal schnägel, Old Norse snigill from Indo-European base an unverified form sneg-, to creep from source snake, sneak
- Any of numerous aquatic or terrestrial gastropod mollusks that typically have a spirally coiled shell, retractile foot, and distinct head.
- A slow-moving, lazy, or sluggish person.
Origin of snailMiddle English from Old English snægl
- Any of very many animals (either hermaphroditic or nonhermaphroditic), of the class Gastropoda, having a coiled shell.
- A slow person; a sluggard.
- (engineering) A spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock.
- (military, historical) A tortoise or testudo; a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers.
- The pod of the snail clover.
From the Middle English snegge, from the Old English snÃ¦gel from the Proto-Germanic *snigilaz.