Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling a spider in form, characteristics, or behavior.
  • adj. Resembling a spider's web; very fine: spidery handwriting.
  • adj. Infested with spiders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a spider.
  • adj. Characterized by many spindly extensions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spiderlike.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida

Etymologies

spider +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of course, I would have to keep copious research notes in spidery handwriting in a leather-bound notebook, so that after my successor found the notebook with my remains, my research could go on unabated.

    My New Job

  • Make sure your child wears gloves and long-sleeved garments if she is going to be handling wood for the fireplace, cleaning out the attic or garage, or working in the garden or some other "spidery" places.

    Spider Bites

  • UNEF's first starships had been possessed of a kind of spidery, delicate beauty.

    The Forever War

  • Everything is painted - even over a plug socket in the gallery wall - with a kind of spidery intricacy, like a giant map from

    The Guardian World News

  • And I accompanied her along the spidery bridge to the top of the

    CHAPTER XV

  • Thus, throughout the organization of the Oligarchy, our own organization, weblike and spidery, was insinuating itself.

    Chapter 18: The Shadow of Sonoma

  • The note, written in blue ink with a spidery hand, listed the main discussion topics, from voting reform to party funding and fixed-term parliaments.

    Spending review: day of cuts begins with raid on BBC

  • The characters she meets include a spidery boiler-room man with six arms, a monster with no face and a massive "stink spirit" who vomits the disgusting contents of a heavily polluted river over her.

    Spirited Away: No 8

  • Her Mollison Library catalogue cards were carefully drafted on slips of scrap paper in the spidery longhand of which I still treasure numerous specimens, mostly cheeky postcards that she sent to me while I was living in Rome, and much later in New York, and Adelaide.

    The Earth Goddess

  • It seems that certain connoisseurs were not averse to engineering breakages so that precious vessels could be mended in this way, and beyond the sinuous lines — some exquisitely fine, occasionally spidery and nervous, others unctuous, broad, plump, and fluid — the volatile elements of chance and happenstance, in other words the randomness of these sudden breakages, lends to this art its clever brinkmanship with the big twin concepts of time and impermanence.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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