\ ˈskwərm How to pronounce squirm (audio) \
squirmed; squirming; squirms

Definition of squirm

intransitive verb

: to twist about like a worm : fidget

Other Words from squirm

squirm noun
squirmy \ ˈskwər-​mē How to pronounce squirm (audio) \ adjective

Examples of squirm in a Sentence

The baby squirmed a lot when I tried to hold him. She squirmed under her father's angry stare. The children squirmed with delight. He tried to hold onto her but she squirmed free. The frog squirmed out of his hands. The gory details of the story had me squirming in my seat. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The actress plays an investigative surgeon working for the National Organ Registry, and the film has caused some viewers to squirm their seats, if not walk out entirely. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 7 June 2022 Carlsbad made the visitors from Chula Vista squirm a bit in the final inning. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2022 The leatherwork, woodwork and metalwork is intended to compete with what Bentley can offer, and those who squirm at the idea of animal skin lining their vehicle’s cabin have vegetarian options like Ultrafabric and Kvadrat wool. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 To make this point, Meurisse (who also wrote the screenplay, in collaboration with Amélie Philippe and Yohann Gloaguen) frequently makes his audience squirm, with sequences that push the boundaries of good taste. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Let the Yankees squirm then trying to decide how the price-tag may escalate. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2022 Offscreen controversies regarding the series' nudity have contributed to some fans' strong feelings about the show, while others squirm at the idea that this is a series about teens. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2022 Toward that end, Saget seemed to relish pushing back against his success in squeaky-clean shows, telling dirty jokes at ABC events to make the executives squirm. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 With the influx of inhabitants, and the construction projects that followed, a new problem arose: buildings create their own heat, warming the permafrost and causing the ground to buckle and squirm. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of squirm

circa 1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squirm

origin unknown

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“Squirm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirm. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for squirm


\ ˈskwərm How to pronounce squirm (audio) \
squirmed; squirming

Kids Definition of squirm

: 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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