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squirm

play
intransitive verb \ˈskwərm\

Simple Definition of squirm

  • : to make a lot of twisting movements because you are nervous, uncomfortable, bored, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of squirm

  1. :  to twist about like a worm :  fidget

squirm noun
squirmy play \ˈskwər-mē\ adjective

Examples of squirm in a sentence

  1. The baby squirmed a lot when I tried to hold him.

  2. She squirmed under her father's angry stare.

  3. The children squirmed with delight.

  4. He tried to hold onto her but she squirmed free.

  5. The frog squirmed out of his hands.

  6. The gory details of the story had me squirming in my seat.



Origin of squirm

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1691


SQUIRM Defined for Kids

squirm

play
verb \ˈskwərm\

Definition of squirm for Students

squirmedsquirming

  1. :  to twist about because of nervousness or embarrassment or in an effort to move or escape <… it was no use trying to squirm loose … — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>





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