US: /ˈkɹɔɫ/
UK: /kɹˈɔːl/

English Vietnamese dictionary

crawl /krɔ:l/
  • danh từ
    • ao nuôi cá
    • chỗ nuôi rùa; chỗ nuôi tôm
    • sự bò, sự trường
    • (thể dục,thể thao) lối bơi crôn, lối bơi trường ((cũng) crawl stroke)
    • sự kéo lê đi
      • to go at a crawl: đi kéo lê, đi chậm rề rề, bò lê ra
  • nội động từ
    • bò, trườn
    • lê bước, lê chân, bò lê
    • bò nhung nhúc, bò lúc nhúc
      • the ground crawls with ants: đất nhung nhúc những kiến
    • luồn cúi, quỵ luỵ
      • to crawl before somebody: luồn cúi ai
    • sởn gai ốc
      • it makes my flesh crawl: cái đó làm tôi sởn gai ốc lên
    • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ), (từ lóng) không giữ lời, nuốt lời, tháo lui

Advanced English dictionary

verb, noun
+ verb [V] [usually +adv./prep.]
1 to move forward on your hands and knees, with your body close to the ground: Our baby is just starting to crawl. + A man was crawling away from the burning wreckage. + She crawled under the fence.
2 when an insect crawls, it moves forward on its legs: There's a spider crawling up your leg.
3 to move forward very slowly: The traffic was crawling along. + The weeks crawled by.
4 ~ (to sb) (informal, disapproving) to be too friendly or helpful to sb in authority, in a way that is not sincere, especially in order to get an advantage from them: She's always crawling to the boss.
Idioms see SKIN n., WOODWORK
Phrasal Verbs: be crawling with sth (informal) to be full of or completely covered with people, insects or animals, in a way that is unpleasant: The place was crawling with journalists. + Her hair was crawling with lice.
+ noun
1 [sing.] a very slow speed: The traffic slowed to a crawl.
See also - PUB CRAWL
2 (often the crawl) [sing., U] a fast swimming stroke that you do lying on your front moving one arm over your head, and then the other, while kicking with your feet: a swimmer doing the crawl + He struck out across the pool in a powerful crawl.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 creep, worm, wriggle, wiggle, squirm; edge:
A spider is crawling on your collar.
2 inch, creep, drag:
For a solid hour the cars just crawled along at a snail's pace.
3 cower, cringe, grovel, toady, fawn:
Don't worry, he'll soon come crawling, begging you to take him back.
4 teem, abound, swarm, be overrun or swamped:
The scene of the crime crawled with police.

Collocation dictionary

1 very slow speed




at a ~
The traffic was moving at a slow crawl.


be down to
The traffic on the motorway was down to a crawl.
| slow (down) to

2 swimming stroke


strokes a fast, powerful, strong crawl a slow breaststroke do, swim (the) ~ a swimmer doing the crawl I can't swim butterfly.

strike out in/with breaststroke/crawl She struck out with a strong crawl towards the shore.

a length of ~ He did 15 lengths of backstroke every morning.

In competitions the categories are backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle (= in which competitors do crawl because it is fastest). 100 metres, 200 metres, etc. ~ men's, women's ~ compete in ~ competing in the women's 100 metres freestyle

in the ~ He came first in the 200 metres backstroke.

More information about STROKE


slowly | about, along, around/round, away, back, fowards, through
We spent an hour crawling around on our hands and knees looking for the key.


manage to
As night fell, we managed to crawl back to our lines.
| start to
Has the baby started to crawl yet?


across, along, into, over, out of, under, up
There's an insect crawling up your leg!


crawl on (your) hands and knees

Concise English dictionary

+a very slow movement
+a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
+a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
+move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
+feel as if crawling with insects
+be crawling with
+show submission or fear
+swim by doing the crawl