reptile (plural reptiles)
- A cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia.
- (figuratively) A mean or grovelling person.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (
please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
- This work may, indeed, be considered as a great creation of our own; and for a little reptile of a critic to presume to find fault with any of its parts, without knowing the manner in which the whole is connected, and before he comes to the final catastrophe, is a most presumptuous absurdity.
, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
- "That reptile," whispered Pott, catching Mr. Pickwick by the arm, and pointing towards the stranger. "That reptile — Slurk, of the Independent!"
- French: reptile
- German: Kriechtier, Reptil, Wurm (poetic)
- Italian: reptilia, rettile
- Portuguese: réptil
- Russian: пресмыка́ющееся
- Spanish: reptil
reptile (not comparable)
- Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs.
- Grovelling; low; vulgar.
- a reptile race or crew; reptile vices
- There is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution, but of fear.
- And dislodge their reptile souls / From the bodies and forms of men.
- (creeping, crawling) reptilious, creeping, crawling; reptitious (obsolete)
- (contemptible) See Thesaurus:despicable