[kree-pee-kraw-lee] /ˈkri piˈkrɔ li/ Informal.

noun, plural creepy-crawlies.
a or animal, especially an insect.
adjective, creepy-crawlier, creepy-crawliest.
(def 1).
noun (pl) -crawlies
a small crawling creature
feeling or causing a sensation as of creatures crawling on one’s skin


Loathsome; repellent; creepy: The trio plunges into the creepy-crawly high life of Acapulco (1880s+)


A nasty creature, esp the caterpillar, snake, or centipede sort: the lair, maybe, of creepycrawlies or a ghost (1920s+)


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