- 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: Middle 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
- snaillike adjective
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- Any of numerous aquatic or terrestrial mollusks of the class Gastropoda, typically having a spirally coiled shell, broad retractile foot, and distinct head.
- A slow-moving, lazy, or sluggish person.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English snǽgl.