Definition of crawl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɔːl//
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  1. 1[singular] a very slow speed The traffic slowed to a crawl. The traffic was moving at a slow crawl. Westbound traffic was down to a crawl. see also pub crawl
  2. 2(also the crawl) [singular, uncountable] a fast swimming stroke that you do lying on your front moving one arm over your head, and then the other, while kicking with your feet a swimmer doing the crawl He struck out across the pool in a powerful crawl. See related entries: Swimming
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: of unknown origin; possibly related to Swedish kravla and Danish kravle.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crawl