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intransitive verb \ˈskwərm\

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

Full Definition of SQUIRM

:  to twist about like a worm :  fidget
squirm noun
squirmy \ˈskwər-mē\ adjective

Examples of SQUIRM

  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


verb \ˈskwərm\

Definition of SQUIRM for Kids

:  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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