Definitions

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  • adjective Having some characteristics of a crab
  • adjective Walking or moving sideways

Etymologies

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crab +‎ -like. In sense “moving sideways”, due to crab’s sideways walk.

Examples

  • I tottered down the aisle sideways, crablike, trying not to bump the bags against the seats.

    Crossed

  • A created race, crablike, used in Cliff's evolutionary intelligence experiments.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • I took an enormous step backward, too fast, and I stumbled, my hands crablike behind me, gripping tufts of spring grass.

    The Bird House

  • I tottered down the aisle sideways, crablike, trying not to bump the bags against the seats.

    Crossed

  • A created race, crablike, used in Cliff's evolutionary intelligence experiments.

    Free Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Crystal Nights - Greg Egan

  • I took an enormous step backward, too fast, and I stumbled, my hands crablike behind me, gripping tufts of spring grass.

    The Bird House

  • It would tell her how to place the crablike feet for safety and speed, how to search recesses of the barren land for little wisps of sustenance or water.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • One twice his size with crablike claws, eight legs, and a shiny black exoskeleton.

    Artemis the Brave

  • With her new thick crablike appendages, Muthr grasped her headless original body and raised it.

    The Search For WondLa

  • One sleeve was down, and the other up, his crablike fingers scrambling over the cotton.

    The Recall Year

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