creepy-crawly


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creep·y-crawl·y

 (krē′pē-krô′lē)
n. Informal
1. One, such as a spider, insect, or worm, that crawls.
2. creepy-crawlies A sensation of fear, repugnance, or nervous agitation.

creepy-crawly

n, pl -crawlies
(Animals) a small crawling creature
adj
feeling or causing a sensation as of creatures crawling on one's skin

creep′y-crawl′y



n., pl. -crawl•ies,
adj. Informal. n.
1. a creeping insect.
adj.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.creepy-crawly - an animal that creeps or crawls (such as worms or spiders or insects)
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
Adj.1.creepy-crawly - causing a sensation as of things crawling on your skin; "a creepy story"; "I had a creepy-crawly feeling"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
Translations

creepy-crawly

[ˈkriːpɪˈkrɔːlɪ] N (Brit) → bicho m

creepy-crawly

(inf)
adj insectkrabbelig (inf), → kribbelnd, krabbelnd; feelingunheimlich
nKrabbeltier nt

creepy-crawly

[ˈkriːpɪˌkrɔːlɪ] n (fam) → bestiolina, insetto

creep2

(kriːp) noun
(slang) a disgusting person. Leave her alone, you creep.
ˈcreeper noun
a creeping plant.
ˈcreepy adjective
causing feelings of fear etc. The house is rather creepy at night.
ˈcreepily adverb
ˈcreepiness noun
ˌcreepy-ˈcrawlyplural ˌcreepy-ˈcrawlies noun
a small creeping insect.
creep up on
to approach slowly and stealthily. Old age creeps up on us all.
make someone's flesh creep
to scare or horrify someone.
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