Definition of night crawler in English:

night crawler

(also nightcrawler)

Pronunciation /nīt ˈkrôlər/ /naɪt ˈkrɔlər/

Translate night crawler into Spanish


  • 1North American An earthworm, in particular one that comes to the surface at night and is collected for use as fishing bait.

    ‘If you were to grasp one in your hand, it would squirm like a healthy night crawler trying to escape the hook.’
    • ‘Quickly Megan did the best she could to mash up the night crawler and get the birds to beg for it.’
    • ‘Red wiggler worms are the most common vermicompost worm, not the large night crawlers often used as fishing bait.’
    • ‘He has been somewhere in Northern Montana digging for night crawlers in the past few months.’
    • ‘The night before, he'd worked the counter, ringing up minnows, night crawlers, and bobbers, just like always.’
    1. 1.1informal A person who is socially active at night.
      • ‘the bar and nightclub are hot items with chic night crawlers’
      • ‘Opt for a dressy frock with a sense of occasion, but avoid anything that looks too clubby (they will think you are a sleazy night crawler).’
      • ‘The buildings would always hold an admirable brawniness; thick and dark while the night crawlers of all types were sucking down on bottles of booze, rioting in the shadows, or hell, just trying to have a good time.’
      • ‘There are plenty of other things to do in Thailand for those not interested a 24-hour binge in South Pattaya and perhaps there should be some adjustment in laws which will accommodate our night crawlers.’
      • ‘Others, sensing a change in London night crawlers, did the same.’
      • ‘As in the U.S., other hotels have spiced up their bar setting to keep the night crawlers in the house.’