- 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 writhing
The pathetic dives and writhing on the field is a turn off to the most ardent American fan.What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Portugal, Costa Rica, and England in the World Cup
July 1, 2014
After the film came out, my stepfather said to me, ‘I hope you’re not doing any writhing in your next one.How Hollywood’s Most Realistic Sex Scenes Were Made: ‘Don’t Look Now’ to ‘Nymphomaniac’
March 24, 2014
Both are literally depictions of magical air, evocative of movement and potency stirring inside a writhing cloud.You Can Indeed Judge a Book By Its Cover
November 20, 2013
But a close examination of the actual practice itself reveals that the writhing, miserable reality of it is virtually undeniable.Inside Guantánamo’s Force-Feeding Quagmire
June 20, 2013
I watched per plunge directly into the groaning, writhing horde.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
They struggled in this manner with a rattling in their throats, writhing in the horror of their caresses.Therese Raquin
"We've thought of you often," said Mr. Mudge, writhing his harsh features into a smile.Paul Prescott's Charge
But it was only the Serpent-son of Loki writhing in his wrath.Told by the Northmen:
E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
Writhing in suppressed agony, the man fell imploringly on his knees.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
Then he came close, catching in his strong grasp her writhing hands.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
- 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 writhing
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.