plural creepy-crawlies
n informal
an insect, especially one that you are frightened of

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  • creepy-crawly — [krē΄pē krôl′ē] n. pl. creepy crawlies Slang something, as a crawling insect or spider, regarded as frightening and repugnant …   English World dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — UK [ˌkriːpɪ ˈkrɔːlɪ] / US [ˌkrɪpɪ ˈkrɔlɪ] noun [countable] Word forms creepy crawly : singular creepy crawly plural creepy crawlies informal an insect. This word shows that you dislike or are afraid of insects …   English dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — /kree pee kraw lee/, n., pl. creepy crawlies, adj., creepy crawlier, creepy crawliest. Informal. n. 1. a creeping or crawling animal, esp. an insect. adj. 2. creepy (def. 1). [1855 60; see CREEP, CRAWL1, Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • creepy-crawly — [[t]kri͟ːpi krɔ͟ːli[/t]] creepy crawlies N COUNT: usu pl (disapproval) You can refer to insects as creepy crawlies when they give you a feeling of fear or disgust. This word is mainly used by children. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — noun (plural creepy crawlies) informal a spider, worm, or other small flightless creature …   English new terms dictionary

  • creepy-crawly — Noun. An insect, or spider, usually viewed distastefully. E.g. Don t go in the cellar, it s damp and full of creepy crawlies. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • creepy-crawly — creep′y crawl′y n. pl. crawl•ies, adj. Informal. 1) cvb inf a creeping insect 2) cvb inf creepy 1) • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • creepy-crawly — noun Any small crawling animal such as a spider, insect or worm …   Wiktionary

  • creepy-crawly — creep|y crawl|y [ ,kripi krɔli ] noun count INFORMAL an insect. This word shows that you dislike or are afraid of insects …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • creepy crawly — any crawling creature (especially of insects) …   English contemporary dictionary

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