Slither meaning

slĭthər
To move about smoothly and from side to side.
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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.

verb
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To walk with a sliding or shuffling gait.

Slithered over to the window.

verb
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A sliding, slithering motion.
noun
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To slip or slide on or as on a slope with a loose or broken surface.
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(intransitive) To slide.
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To move or slide by twisting or undulating the body over a surface, as in the manner of a snake.
verb
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To slip and slide, as on a loose or uneven surface.
verb
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A slithering movement or gait.
noun
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To cause to slither or slide.
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Origin of slither

  • Middle English slethren variant of sliddren from Old English slidrian frequentative of slīdan to slide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English slitheren, alteration of slideren (“to slither, creep"), from Old English slidrian (“to slip, slide, slither"), from Proto-Germanic *slidrijanÄ… (“to slide, slither"), from Proto-Indo-European *sleidh- (“to slip"). Cognate with Dutch slidderen (“to slip, wriggle, slither"). More at slide.

    From Wiktionary