crawl

To crawl is to move slowly across the floor on your hands and knees. Before they learn to walk, most babies crawl.

You might crawl around looking for a lost earring, or watch a spider crawl across your ceiling. The slow, creeping movement itself is a crawl, too: "Traffic was moving at a crawl." When your dog has fleas, he crawls with them, and if something gives you a creepy, prickling sensation, it makes your skin crawl. Crawl probably comes from the Old Norse krafla, "to claw one's way," which shares a root with crab.

Primary Meanings of crawl

1.
vn
move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
2.
v
feel as if crawling with insects
3.
v
show submission or fear
4.
nv
a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
swim by doing the crawl
5.
v
be full of
Full Definitions of crawl
1

v move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground

“The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed”
Synonyms:
creep
Types:
formicate
crawl about like ants
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

n a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body

“a crawl was all that the injured man could manage”
Synonyms:
crawling, creep, creeping
Type of:
locomotion, travel
self-propelled movement

n a very slow movement

“the traffic advanced at a crawl
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another
2

v feel as if crawling with insects

“My skin crawled--I was terrified”
Type of:
feel
be felt or perceived in a certain way
3

v show submission or fear

Synonyms:
cower, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel
Type of:
bend, flex
form a curve
4

n a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick

Synonyms:
Australian crawl, front crawl
Type of:
swimming stroke
a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward

v swim by doing the crawl

“they often don't know how to crawl
Type of:
swim
travel through water
5

v be full of

“The old cheese was crawling with maggots”
Type of:
pullulate, swarm, teem
be teeming, be abuzz

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