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crawl

crawl

 
 
pronunciation:
krawl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: crawled, crawling, crawls
definition 1: to move slowly with the body close to, or dragged along on, the ground; creep.
 
definition 2: to move very slowly or with frequent stops, as a vehicle in heavy traffic.
similar words:
drag, edge
definition 3: to act with servility or stealth.
I hated to see my brother crawl in front of his angry boss.
similar words:
grovel
definition 4: to be or feel as though one is covered by crawling things.
The mattress crawled with bedbugs.My skin crawled with fear.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or motion of crawling; creeping action.
definition 2: a very slow or interrupted pace.
definition 3: a swimming stroke in which the body is prone with the face down, the feet do a flutter kick, and the arms alternate in overhead strokes.
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derivations: crawlingly (adv.), crawler (n.)
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