squirm

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

Definition of squirm

intransitive verb

: to twist about like a worm : fidget

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Other Words from squirm

squirm noun
squirmy \ ˈskwər-​mē How to pronounce squirmy (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

But Jordan Peele’s new movie Us, in theaters now, presents a new kind of horror heroine—one who doesn’t scream, doesn’t squirm, and definitely doesn’t need a man to save her. Susan X Jane, Glamour, "In Us, Lupita Nyong’o Is the Horror Heroine We’ve Been Waiting For," 22 Mar. 2019 Usually invisible officials who run France have squirmed under TV lights. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "Car, gun, money: Scandal over Macron's ex-aide grips France," 1 Aug. 2018 Twenty-nine officers got out before the tunnel collapsed near the exit, forcing the rest to squirm backward the entire distance, in air increasingly drained of oxygen. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘The Escape Artists’ Review: Keep Calm and Keep Shoveling," 27 Sep. 2018 The health concerns at Madisonville Middle School in Tennessee first came to light when student Madison Smith sent her mother, Brandy Shubert, a video of her granola with a maggot squirming around in it, Yahoo reports. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Tennessee parents upset by school's response after students find maggots in cafeteria food," 9 Sep. 2018 Sit back, relax, and get ready to squirm in your seat. 1. Andrea Navarro, Teen Vogue, "15 Grossly Satisfying Pimple Popping Videos We Can't Stop Watching," 14 Mar. 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron, squirming in his chair, seemed hardly capable of suppressing his laughter. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "Putin just welcomed the world at his forum. Women need not apply.," 26 May 2018 Theater review Some plays make us squirm with their unnerving subject matter (brutality, toxicity, emotional mayhem). Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "For all its horrors, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ at Seattle Rep feels uncomfortably comforting," 15 Oct. 2018 Students used shoehorns and grapefruit knives to detach screens and squirm out windows, or stumbled out a basement exit into the stabbing cold. New York Times, "Never Solved, a College Dorm Fire Has Become One Man’s Obsession," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of squirm was circa 1691

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More Definitions for squirm

squirm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squirm

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

squirm

verb
\ 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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