- to wriggle or writhe.
- to feel or display discomfort or distress, as from reproof, embarrassment, pain, etc.: He squirmed under the judge's questioning.
- the act of squirming; a squirming or wriggling movement.
Origin of squirm
First recorded in 1685–95; of expressive orig., perhaps echoing worm
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1. turn, twist.
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Examples from the Web for squirmed
He looked especially phony when talking about undocumented workers “self-deporting” and squirmed when asked about his tax returns.Paul Begala: The Strangely Silent Jan. 23 Debate in Tampa
January 24, 2012
Even now, dizzy and faint as he was, Mr. Bangs squirmed upon the sofa.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Ross squirmed in his chair, glancing under his brows at Kate.The Manxman
Weedon squirmed at this, and even Jeff thought it rather a nasty cut.The Prisoner
As Ashton lay back on the rock he squirmed from side to side and groaned.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
She squirmed at the cords holding her, but could not loosen them.
- to move with a wriggling motion; writhe
- to feel deep mental discomfort, guilt, embarrassment, etc
- a squirming movement
C17: of imitative origin (perhaps influenced by worm)
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Word Origin and History for squirmed
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