- 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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Examples from the Web for writhes
No more wishing you could feel her hot breath on your neck as she writhes in ecstasy.Sotheby’s for Sex: The Problem with Auctioning Off Sex with A Porn Star
November 15, 2014
I can see that he writhes in torment; and his face—what would his face be?Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
How it writhes and twists at the least touch of unfavorable criticism!Quiet Talks on Power
How he writhes his back, curving it like some monstrous catamount.
An other writhes or runneth a syde to poule in his shafte strayght.The Theory and Practice of Archery
Mamma writhes and gurgles, staring wildly at this sudden transformation.Dangerous Ground
Lawrence L. Lynch
- 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 writhes
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.