slither

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Etymology[edit]

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

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

  1. (intransitive) 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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Adjective[edit]

slither

  1. (archaic) slithery; slippery

Noun[edit]

slither (uncountable)

  1. A limestone rubble.
  2. (Used mistakenly) A sliver.

Usage note[edit]

The use of slither to mean sliver, which is prevalent especially in Britain, is considered by many to be an error, though at least one major dictionary merely labels it "informal" [1].

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