EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRAWLING
Uriah Heep may be a crawling creature; but his crawling takes him upstairs.
What should such fellows as I do crawling between heaven and earth?
Close by him four little children were crawling around on the ground.
All other means have been tried, short of crawling on our bellies to these Dutch hinds!
No use being angry because the monument was crawling with Tommies!
"We must be crawling upon him, I should think," Max remarked.
These men were as far removed from him as the crawling beetle is from the butterfly.
Was my late folly known to this crawling maligner after all?
And there, yes, there, crawling away in the darkness was a black figure.
Most of them had begun to move, until fully half were crawling about.
c.1200, creulen, from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse krafla "to claw (one's way)," from the same root as crab (n.1). If there was an Old English *craflian, it has not been recorded. Related: Crawled; crawling.