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[skwurm] /skwɜrm/
verb (used without object)
to wriggle or writhe.
to feel or display discomfort or distress, as from reproof, embarrassment, pain, etc.:
He squirmed under the judge's questioning.
the act of squirming; a squirming or wriggling movement.
Origin of squirm
First recorded in 1685-95; of expressive orig., perhaps echoing worm
Related forms
squirmer, noun
squirmingly, adverb
unsquirming, adjective
1. turn, twist. Unabridged
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  • Even now, dizzy and faint as he was, Mr. Bangs squirmed upon the sofa.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Ross squirmed in his chair, glancing under his brows at Kate.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Weedon squirmed at this, and even Jeff thought it rather a nasty cut.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • As Ashton lay back on the rock he squirmed from side to side and groaned.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • She squirmed at the cords holding her, but could not loosen them.

  • Just as they said in those pamphlets that Mix published, and then squirmed out of.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • His hands reached her shoulders and held her carelessly as she squirmed.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Jamie pinched up his rosy features and squirmed upon his chair.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • The minister sort of squirmed around and began the service over.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
British Dictionary definitions for squirmed


verb (intransitive)
to move with a wriggling motion; writhe
to feel deep mental discomfort, guilt, embarrassment, etc
a squirming movement
Derived Forms
squirmer, noun
squirming, adjective
squirmingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin (perhaps influenced by worm)
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Word Origin and History for squirmed



1690s, originally referring to eels, of unknown origin; sometimes associated with worm or swarm, but perhaps rather imitative. Related: Squirmed; squirming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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