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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English crawlen, crewlen, creulen, crallen, *cravelen, from Old Norse krafla (compare Danish kravle (to crawl, creep), Swedish kravla), from Proto-Germanic *krablōną (compare Dutch krabbelen, German Low German krabbeln, German krabbeln), frequentative of *krabbōną (to scratch, scrape). Compare also West Frisian kreauwelje (to crawl), Dutch krevelen, krieuwelen (to crawl), German Low German kribbeln, German kribbeln (to creep, crawl, tingle). See also crab, crabble.

VerbEdit

crawl (third-person singular simple present crawls, present participle crawling, simple past and past participle crawled)

  1. (intransitive) To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
    • 1701, Nehemiah Grew, Cosmologia Sacra
      A worm finds what it searches after only by feeling, as it crawls from one thing to another.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’
    Clutching my wounded side, I crawled back to the trench.
  2. (intransitive) To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
    The rush-hour traffic crawled around the bypass.
  3. (intransitive) To act in a servile manner.
    Don't come crawling to me with your useless apologies!
  4. (intransitive, with "with") See crawl with.
  5. (intransitive) To feel a swarming sensation.
    The horrible sight made my skin crawl.
  6. (intransitive, transitive) To swim using the crawl stroke.
    I think I'll crawl the next hundred metres.
  7. (transitive) To move over (an area) on hands and knees.
    The baby crawled the entire second floor.
  8. (transitive) To move over (an area) slowly, with frequent stops.
    They crawled the downtown bars.
    • 2015, Fujino Omori, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 4 (light novel), Yen Press LLC (→ISBN)
      "I used to crawl the Dungeon like you do, Bell, saving up money... But one day, I screwed verything up. Got thoroughly wrecked by a monster, and it ate my right arm."
    • 2019, Leigh Landry, Cajun Two-Step: The Complete Series, Leigh Landry
      Eric had crawled the downtown bar scene with these guys many nights, after gigs and back when they were all in college together. Eric liked hanging with them, because they were as comfortable hanging anywhere—sports bars; gay clubs;  []
    • 2021, Antonio Alcala Gonzalez, Carl H. Sederholm, Lovecraft in the 21st Century: Dead, But Still Dreaming, Routledge (→ISBN)
      One of the later Crawl trailers, the Nintendo Switch version, advertises its key gameplay in a sentence, “Crawl the dungeon while your friends possess the traps, beasts, and bosses against you” before later adopting the phrase []
  9. (transitive, Internet) To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching.
    Yahoo Search has updated its Slurp Crawler to crawl web sites faster and more efficiently.
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DescendantsEdit
  • German: kraulen
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NounEdit

crawl (plural crawls)

  1. The act of moving slowly on hands and knees, etc.
  2. The act of sequentially visiting a series of similar establishments (i.e., a bar crawl).
  3. A rapid swimming stroke with alternate overarm strokes and a fluttering kick.
  4. (figuratively) A very slow pace.
    My computer has slowed down to a crawl since I installed that software package.
  5. (television, film) A piece of horizontally or vertically scrolling text overlaid on the main image.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[2]
      The opening crawl (and a stirring propaganda movie) informs us that “The Hunger Games” are an annual event in Panem, a North American nation divided into 12 different districts, each in service to the Capitol, a wealthy metropolis that owes its creature comforts to an oppressive dictatorship.
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Etymology 2Edit

Compare kraal.

NounEdit

crawl (plural crawls)

  1. A pen or enclosure of stakes and hurdles for holding fish.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English crawl.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

crawl m (plural crawls)

  1. crawl (swimming stroke)

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English crawl.

NounEdit

crawl m

  1. crawl (swimming stroke)

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English crawl.

NounEdit

crawl m (uncountable)

  1. (proscribed) Alternative spelling of crol

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English crawl.

NounEdit

crawl c (uncountable)

  1. crawl; swimming stroke

DeclensionEdit

Declension of crawl 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative crawl crawlen
Genitive crawls crawlens

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