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squirm

[ skwurm ]
/ skwɜrm /
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verb (used without object)
to wriggle or writhe.
to feel or display discomfort or distress, as from reproof, embarrassment, pain, etc.: He squirmed under the judge's questioning.
noun
the act of squirming; a squirming or wriggling movement.
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Origin of squirm

First recorded in 1685–95; of expressive origin, perhaps echoing worm

OTHER WORDS FROM squirm

squirmer, nounsquirm·ing·ly, adverbun·squirm·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squirm

squirm
/ (skwɜːm) /

verb (intr)
to move with a wriggling motion; writhe
to feel deep mental discomfort, guilt, embarrassment, etc
noun
a squirming movement

Derived forms of squirm

squirmer, nounsquirming, adjectivesquirmingly, adverb

Word Origin for squirm

C17: of imitative origin (perhaps influenced by worm)
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