Definition of slither in English:

slither

verb

  • 1no object , with adverbial of direction Move smoothly over a surface with a twisting or oscillating motion.

    ‘I spied a baby adder slithering away’
    • ‘The ship seems to slither and move as if it's alive.’
    • ‘Grace and Willies peered into an aquarium, and to Willie's delight and Grace's horror, saw dozens of squirmy striped creatures slithering over each other.’
    • ‘Then, above our heads soared three eagles, and not long after, an adder slithered calmly between our feet.’
    • ‘It felt like an oily snake slithering around in my head.’
    • ‘A variety of snakes twisted and slithered across his shoulders down to his fingertips as if they had a life of their own.’
    • ‘If you don't move fast, the snake will slither away.’
    • ‘There were rats and snakes crawling and slithering all over her helpless body.’
    • ‘What Moon has found is that a snake slithers by bending its body into a series of S-shaped curves produced by alternating waves of muscle contraction that start at the reptile's head and move back toward its tail.’
    • ‘Artistic images of snakelike forms capture the scaly, slithering, writhing shapes of snakes as they move over the ground or swim in water.’
    • ‘I look down and see a long snake slithering past us.’
    • ‘As Satan taunts Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, a snake slithers out from beneath the underbrush.’
    • ‘Gliding smoothly under it, he slithered his fingers in between the wave in a cutting motion.’
    • ‘What looks like oil slicks slither across the surface, multiple colors twisting over each other.’
    • ‘Creatures that slither, writhe or scuttle currently form the star attraction for visitors of all ages to the town.’
    • ‘The road twists vertiginously around sharp drop-offs, and nighttime is when poisonous fer-de-lance snakes slither across the road.’
    • ‘Ben dipped under the surface, slithering like a snake after the boys.’
    • ‘Most of the inhabitants could afford to buy extra water rations and keep plants, which they proudly displayed sprawling out of the windows and slithering up the pale, smooth walls of their homes.’
    • ‘A week or so later, the snake slithers back into the wild - broadcasting a signal to researchers about where and how it lives.’
    • ‘‘It's a place of peace for me,’ Carlos says as a black snake slithers by.’
    • ‘In a moment, the forest was quiet again, and the flying and creeping things slithered and crawled to view the carnage.’
    1. 1.1 Slide or slip unsteadily on a loose or slippery surface.
      ‘we slithered down a snowy mountain track’
      • ‘So traumatized by what he saw in China, and so ashamed of being a human, the man returns to his village thinking he is a snake, slithering on the ground, hissing at former friends and family.’
      • ‘However, handling errors among the backs saw a couple of early and valiant moves end in loss of possession, as the ball slithered and slipped through fingers.’
      • ‘Unpleasant weather conditions prevailed and the players slithering on the greasy surface was a common occurrence.’
      • ‘He stood up painfully and slithered across the slimy floor, slipping on the fish that had scattered from the broken boxes.’
      • ‘Now we have a better idea where we need to make improvements, as the car was not pleasant to drive in the second half of the race, sliding and slithering on what felt like melted rubber - it gave me no chance to push as I would have liked.’
      • ‘Envelopes are rapidly slithering and sliding across the floor and plastic bags can be seen floating upwards as if they were balloons.’
      • ‘Be assured that I will continue my apparent never ending cycle, struggling to push my rock up the mountain only to watch it slither and slide down after nearing the peak.’
      • ‘The performers had to make their way across the net by getting in and out of the clothes, perching and hanging, twisting and slithering their way through the canopy like primates.’
      • ‘I flex my legs and jump for the door, clinging to the grooves and gaps in the ceiling and twist the knob, jamming it open and slithering through.’
      • ‘He rolled his eyes at her when she quickly moved her leg, and slithered to the other side of the bed, keeping the distance between him.’
      • ‘Then he slithered back down and made a lot of motions with his hands which Sanchen didn't understand.’
      • ‘They slipped and slithered over the ice in a vain search for food.’
      • ‘Just up the hill beyond, up which our wheels slithered and slid, we left the van at the roadside and unloaded the god-goodies we'd picked up in the small town on the way.’
      • ‘I crouched down without making a sound and started slithering like a snake through the bushy tomato plants that Mr. Russo had tied up on stakes.’
      • ‘Her biggest problem was staying upright as she slipped and slithered on the dry grass.’
      • ‘Three teams will crawl and wriggle and slither to stalk and triangulate on a small guarded bridge.’
      • ‘We watched spellbound as they rolled around in the deep mud, then slithered and slid up the muddy bank before playfully pushing each other back down the slope.’
      • ‘Yesterday, one bull was separated from the rest of the group when it slithered on a slippery street after recent rain.’
      • ‘Drivers slipped and slithered to work and children were told to stay away from school as heavy snow fell across Greater Manchester and the north west today.’
      • ‘Motorists in south Essex slipped and slithered to work today as the first snow of winter caused chaos on the roads.’
      slide, slip, glide, glissade
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noun

  • A slithering movement.

    ‘a snakelike slither across the grass’
    • ‘The way on from here was a slither down an inconspicuous and rather grotty looking muddy hole.’
    • ‘He dapples the piece with shadow, signs his name in a loose-wristed slither and slides the book forward.’
    • ‘To the right at the junction, is a slither down to a pool of water.’
    • ‘Viro heard a slither, and a hiss, and looked above; from the rafters, a furred snake hung, its tail coiled upon a rotten wooded sign, the whitish paint flecked and gone.’
    • ‘The trip begins quite innocuously as a slippery slither along muddy calcite - awkward, but nothing to write home about.’
    • ‘The sheen of satin, the slither of the bias cut and the jewel-like colours so loved by Tamara were perfect for the Christmas fashion issue, in a season which had embraced a more conventional glamour.’
    • ‘Each rock was chosen and placed very precisely so that the pace of the water would change from a slither to a surge at various points along the waterfall's course.’
    • ‘A tightish slither down at the far end of Four Ways Chamber would have bought you to the same place.’
    • ‘It was all silent until Jake, the last person walking, heard a slither.’
    • ‘She had mastered the texture not only of skin but of fabrics, from the slither of silks to the deep tousle of thick wool and towelling and the stiff give of fine leather gloves.’
    • ‘The crawl soon gives way to a small collapse chamber where a slither through a narrow slot leads to cave of slightly more civilised proportions.’
    • ‘A short slither down enters an attractive little chamber, known as Flowstone Chamber.’
    • ‘From there, it was a slow slither up the rocky path of opportunity.’
    • ‘From somewhere behind me, I heard a slight plop, a slither and then a sudden weight on my bed.’
    • ‘It's only a matter of time until they begin researching once the first whispers about Santa's non-existence slither through the school.’

Origin

Middle English: alteration of the dialect verb slidder, frequentative from the base of slide.

Pronunciation

slither

/ˈslɪðər//ˈsliT͟Hər/