squirm

play
intransitive verb \ˈskwərm\

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 and Etymology of squirm

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1691


SQUIRM Defined for English Language Learners

squirm

play
intransitive verb \ˈskwərm\

Definition of squirm for English Language Learners

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


SQUIRM Defined for Kids

squirm

play
verb \ˈskwərm\

Definition of squirm for Students

squirmed

squirming

  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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