inchworm

[ inch-wurm ]
/ ˈɪntʃˌwɜrm /
|

noun


Nearby words

  1. inchmeal,
  2. inchoate,
  3. inchoation,
  4. inchoative,
  5. inchon,
  6. incidence,
  7. incident,
  8. incident point,
  9. incidental,
  10. incidental music

Origin of inchworm

First recorded in 1860–65; inch1 + worm

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inchworm

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

    The World of H.G. Wells|Van Wyck Brooks


British Dictionary definitions for inchworm

inchworm

/ (ˈɪntʃˌwɜːm) /

noun

another name for a measuring worm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for inchworm

inchworm

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper