- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move somewhere in a smooth, controlled way, often close to the ground synonym glide The snake slithered away as we approached.
- 2+ adv./prep. to move somewhere without much control, for example because the ground is steep or wet synonym slide We slithered down the slope to the road. They were slithering around on the ice. Word Origin Middle English: alteration of the dialect verb slidder, frequentative from the base of slide.Extra examples A snake was slithering silently towards us. He slithered helplessly down the slope. Her knees gave way and she slithered to the floor. It slithered back down the drain. The snake slithered away. Zack slithered along on his belly. She slithered into the water like a crocodile. The horses slipped and slithered in the mud. They slithered down the side of the embankment.
BrE BrE//ˈslɪðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɪðər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slither
BrE BrE//ˈslɪðə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɪðər//he / she / it slithers
BrE BrE//ˈslɪðəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɪðərz//past simple slithered
BrE BrE//ˈslɪðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɪðərd//past participle slithered
BrE BrE//ˈslɪðəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɪðərd//-ing form slithering
BrE BrE//ˈslɪðərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɪðərɪŋ//