EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

a- +‎ crawl

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AdjectiveEdit

acrawl (not comparable)

  1. Crawling.
    • 1849, George Cupples, The Green Hand, Part 5, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 66, No. 408, October, 1849,[1]
      [] an’ be blowed if I knowed but I was buried in a churchyard, with the blasted worms all acrawl about me.
    • 1865, William Michael Rossetti (translator), The Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Part I—The Hell, London: Macmillan, Canto 29, p. 208,[2]
      This [spirit] on the belly, on the shoulders that, / Of one another lay, and this acrawl / Transferred himself along the mournful path.
  2. Full of or covered (with something that crawls or moves as if crawling).
    Synonyms: crawling, teeming
    • 1881, John Todhunter, The True Tragedy of Rienzi, Tribune of Rome, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Act IV, Scene 2, p. 99,[3]
      Rottenness / Peoples the world with creatures of its own, / And Rome’s acrawl with them.
    • 1912, Jack London, Smoke Bellew, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Chapter 8, p. 201,[4]
      His eyes were acrawl with the secrets of life. They were just squirming and wriggling there.
    • 1962, Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, London: Picador, 1976, Part 3, p. 164,[5]
      Why, I’ll just bet you anything that place is acrawl with black widows.