writh·​en ˈri-t͟hən How to pronounce writhen (audio)
: being twisted or contorted
writhen trees
a writhen smile

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Writhen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writhen. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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