Origin of inchworm

First recorded in 1860–65; inch1 + worm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of inchworm

  • Like an inchworm it doubles itself up at intervals and then gradually stretches itself straight again.

British Dictionary definitions for inchworm



another name for a measuring worm
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Word Origin and History for inchworm

1844, American English, from inch (v.) + worm (n.). Other old names for it included loaper caterpiller and surveyor, all from its mode of progress.

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