When a snake glides smoothly along the ground, twisting back and forth, this is an example of a time when the snake slithers.
Slithered over to the window.
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.