- to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.
- to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort.
- to twist or bend out of shape or position; distort; contort.
- to twist (oneself, the body, etc.) about, as in pain.
- a writhing movement; a twisting of the body, as in pain.
Origin of writhe
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- to twist or squirm in or as if in pain
- (intr) to move with such motions
- (intr) to suffer acutely from embarrassment, revulsion, etc
- the act or an instance of writhing
Word Origin and History for writher
Old English wriðan "to twist or bend," earlier "to bind or fetter," from Proto-Germanic *writhanan (cf. North Frisian wrial, Old High German ridan, Old Norse riða, Middle Swedish vriþa, Middle Danish vride), from PIE *wreit- "to turn, bend" (see wreath). Related: Writhed; writhing.