slither

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

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slither (third-person singular simple present slithers, present participle slithering, simple past and past participle slithered)

  1. To move about smoothly and from side to side.
  2. (intransitive) To slide
    • 2003, J. Flash, An American Savage
      I bent down and with both hands I scooped up as much of this pissshit as I could. The green and brown clump felt like Jello as it dripped down all over my clothes. It was slithering through inbetween my fingers.

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