Crawl - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |krɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word crawl
Brit.  |krɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word crawl


- a very slow movement
- a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
- a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body(syn: crawling, creep, creeping)


- move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground(syn: creep)
- feel as if crawling with insects
- be full of
- show submission or fear (syn: cower, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel)
- swim by doing the crawl


Does the baby crawl yet?

We got down on our knees and crawled through a small opening.

The baby crawled across the floor toward her mother.

The soldiers crawled forward on their bellies.

The snake crawled into its hole.

They're doing construction on the road, so traffic is crawling.

I worked late into the night, and it was 2 a.m. before I finally crawled into bed.

The bus crawled along the rough and narrow road.

The days slowly crawled by.

Work on the project has crawled to a standstill.

Near the construction site, traffic had slowed to a crawl.

The bus was moving along at a crawl.

Her strongest stroke is the crawl.

The cheap room was dark, dirty, and crawling with spiders.

After the explosion, the town was crawling with soldiers.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: crawl
he/she/it: crawls
present participle: crawling
past tense: crawled
past participle: crawled
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