writhen

adjective
writh·​en | \ ˈri-t͟hən How to pronounce writhen (audio) \

Definition of writhen

: being twisted or contorted writhen trees a writhen smile

First Known Use of writhen

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for writhen

Middle English, from Old English, from past participle of wrīthan

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about writhen

Time Traveler for writhen

Time Traveler

The first known use of writhen was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for writhen

Cite this Entry

“Writhen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writhen. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

Comments on writhen

What made you want to look up writhen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!