crawl verb Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “crawl” - Learner’s Dictionary

crawl

verb     /krɔːl/
PERSON [I] B2 to move on your hands and knees: I crawled under the desk to plug the lamp in.Moving on your hands and legs or on your stomach
ANIMAL [I] If an insect crawls, it uses its legs to move: There's an ant crawling up your leg.Moving on your hands and legs or on your stomach
TRAFFIC [I] If traffic crawls, it moves extremely slowly: We were crawling along at 10 miles per hour.Slow and moving slowly
TRY TO PLEASE [I] UK informal to try to please someone because you want them to like you or help you: My brother is always crawling to Mum.Praising insincerely or too eagerly
be crawling with sb/sth to be full of insects or people in a way that is unpleasant: The kitchen's crawling with ants.Full
(Definition of crawl verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “crawl”

Word of the Day

fire-eater

a performer who entertains people by seeming to swallow flames

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More