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Meaning & Definition of Crawl in English

English

Crawl

/krɔl/

noun

1. A very slow movement

  • "The traffic advanced at a crawl"
    synonym:
  • crawl

2. A swimming stroke

  • Arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
    synonym:
  • crawl
  • ,
  • front crawl
  • ,
  • Australian crawl

3. A slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body

  • "A crawl was all that the injured man could manage"
  • "The traffic moved at a creep"
    synonym:
  • crawl
  • ,
  • crawling
  • ,
  • creep
  • ,
  • creeping

verb

1. Move slowly

  • In the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
  • "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
    synonym:
  • crawl
  • ,
  • creep

2. Feel as if crawling with insects

  • "My skin crawled--i was terrified"
    synonym:
  • crawl

3. Be full of

  • "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
    synonym:
  • crawl

4. Show submission or fear

    synonym:
  • fawn
  • ,
  • crawl
  • ,
  • creep
  • ,
  • cringe
  • ,
  • cower
  • ,
  • grovel

5. Swim by doing the crawl

  • "European children learn the breast stroke
  • They often don't know how to crawl"
    synonym:
  • crawl

Examples of using

He felt something crawl up his leg.
I'm so embarrassed I could dig a hole and crawl into it.
I'm so sorry about what I did. I wish I could just crawl into a hole and die.