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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Snaky \Snak"y\, a.

  1. Of or pertaining to a snake or snakes; resembling a snake; serpentine; winding.

    The red light playing upon its gilt and carving gave it an appearance of snaky life.
    --L. Wallace.

  2. Sly; cunning; insinuating; deceitful.

    So to the coast of Jordan he directs His easy steps, girded with snaky wiles.

  3. Covered with serpents; having serpents; as, a snaky rod or wand.

    That snaky-headed, Gorgon shield.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, from snake (n.) + -y (2).


a. 1 resembling or relating to snakes 2 twisty 3 (context obsolete English) sly; cunning; deceitful 4 (context obsolete English) Covered with serpents; having serpents.

  1. adj. resembling a serpent in form; "a serpentine wall"; "snaky ridges in the sand" [syn: serpentine, snakelike]

  2. [also: snakiest, snakier]

Usage examples of "snaky".

With huge pronged poles they pitched hissing masses of blubber into the scalding pots, or stirred up the fires beneath, till the snaky flames darted, curling, out of the doors to catch them by the feet.

Rabbit can see, over the shoulders that crowd around his body like green cotton tummocks, the shadow of his heart on an X-ray monitor screen, a twitching palegray ghost dimly webbed by its chambered structure and darkened in snaky streaks and bulbous oblongs by injections of the opacifying dye.

A cow-puncher togged up like he was going after the snakiest bronk in the country, when he was only going to drive to town in a buckboard!

She waggled a finger at the western sky and a constellation I had never seen before appeareda great snaky showpiece twisted into the rough approximation of a figure eight, glowing with a multicolored mass of gemlike stars.

But at last he got his preliminaries settled, and left his bivouac among the maddening mosquitoes, and the slime, and the snaky tree roots, and took to the seas again in a lugsail boat, which he annexed by force of arms from its four original owners.

As she heard it, Ayesha swiftly threw off her gauzy wrapping, loosened the golden snake from her kirtle, and then, shaking her lovely hair about her like a garment, beneath its cover slipped the kirtle off and replaced the snaky belt around her and outside the masses of her falling hair.

They caught a glimpse of a long snaky neck, writhing and lashing about, its head armed with a swordlike spike.

In the distance, a trombone howled, and, through the trees, kilometers away, I saw the snaky, yellow-green necks of three apatosaurs rising above the fern fronds by the margin of the river.

It was hair that could turn the Medusa to stone, hair snakier than all the snake pits in a minotaur movie.

A cow-puncher togged up like he was going after the snakiest bronk in the country, when he was only going to drive to town in a buckboard!

A pair of blackand-red anhingas watched him from a nearby tree, craning their snaky necks.

After reiterating this resolve in several emphatic forms, Chip's spirits grew perceptibly lighter--so much so that he rolled a fresh cigarette and finished the drawing in his hands, which demonstrated the manner in which a particularly snaky broncho had taken a fall out of Jack Bates in the corral that morning.

Lovely spot it must be: the garden of the world, big lazy leaves to float about on, cactuses, flowery meads, snaky lianas they call them.

And as when drifting storm Disburdened loses clasp of here and yon A peak, a forest mound, a valley's gleam Of grass and the river's crooks and snaky coils, Signification marvellous she caught, Through gurglings of triumphant jollity, Which now engulphed and now gave eye.

Ray that Skagit country where you're going is the greatest place in America, that snaky river running back through gorges and into its own unpeopled watershed, wet snowy mountains fading into dry pine mountains and deep valleys like Big Beaver and Little Beaver with some of the best virgin stands of red cedar left in the world.