slithering


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slith·er

 (slĭth′ər)
intr.v. slith·ered, slith·er·ing, slith·ers
1. To move or slide by twisting or undulating the body over a surface, as in the manner of a snake.
2. To walk with a sliding or shuffling gait: slithered over to the window.
3. To slip and slide, as on a loose or uneven surface: "We went slithering down the muddy rocks to sea level" (Jane Rodgers).
n.
A slithering movement or gait.

[Middle English slethren, variant of sliddren, from Old English slidrian, frequentative of slīdan, to slide.]

slith′er·y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.slithering - moving as on a slippery surface; "his slipping and slithering progress over the ice"
slippery, slippy - causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide; "slippery sidewalks"; "a slippery bar of soap"; "the streets are still slippy from the rain"
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Slithering and slipping all over the place, Fell twice on my back and once on my face.