writhe


writhe

verb \ˈth\

: to twist your body from side to side

writhedwrith·ing

Full Definition of WRITHE

transitive verb
1
a :  to twist into coils or folds
b :  to twist so as to distort :  wrench
c :  to twist (the body or a bodily part) in pain
2
intransitive verb
1
:  to move or proceed with twists and turns <writhed to the music>
2
:  to twist from or as if from pain or struggling
3
:  to suffer keenly
writhe noun

Examples of WRITHE

  1. She lay on the floor, writhing in pain.
  2. a nest of writhing snakes

Origin of WRITHE

Middle English, from Old English wrīthan; akin to Old Norse rītha to twist
First Known Use: before 12th century

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