squirm

verb \ ˈskwərm \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of squirm

intransitive verb
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of squirm

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squirm Synonyms


SQUIRM Defined for English Language Learners

squirm

verb

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

verb \ ˈskwərm \

Definition of squirm for Students

squirmed; squirming
: 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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