Reptile meaning

rĕp'tīl', -tĭl
A mean, sneaky, groveling person.
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A person regarded as contemptible or obsequious.
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A cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia.
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Of, like, or characteristic of a reptile; reptilian.
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(figuratively) A mean or grovelling person.
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See also reptile.
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Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs.
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Grovelling; low; vulgar.

A reptile race or crew; reptile vices.

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Origin of reptile

  • Middle English reptil from Old French reptile from Late Latin rēptile from neuter of Latin rēptilis creeping from rēptus past participle of rēpere to creep
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English reptil, from Old French reptile, from Late Latin rÄ“ptile, neuter of reptilis (“creeping"), from Latin rÄ“pō (“to creep"), from Proto-Indo-European *rep- (“to creep, slink") (Pokorny; Watkins, 1969).
    From Wiktionary