[ 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.
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 squirmsquirmer, nounsquirm·ing·ly, adverbun·squirm·ing, adjective
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How to use squirm in a sentence
Where Silver had stood and delivered, Goodell simply squirmed and quibbled.Roger Goodell’s TV Disaster Shows What’s Wrong With The NFL|Lloyd Grove|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Paul Begala|January 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The remarkable woman squirmed a little, fearing lest he should kiss her ringers, but nevertheless gave him a gracious smile.Overland|John William De Forest
Working noiselessly as possible I soon squirmed out into the refreshing evening air and lay motionless.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
The reptile squirmed, but could not get away, and in a few seconds more it was killed.The Rover Boys on the Farm|Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
She and the Boss laid Freckles in the trough and poured on hot water until he squirmed.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
After he had squirmed for a foot or so, he would stop and listen to see if the regular breathing of the man on the bed continued.The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers|Claude A. Labelle
British Dictionary definitions for squirm
/ (skwɜːm) /
to move with a wriggling motion; writhe
to feel deep mental discomfort, guilt, embarrassment, etc
a squirming movement
Derived forms of squirmsquirmer, nounsquirming, adjectivesquirmingly, adverb
Word Origin for squirm
C17: of imitative origin (perhaps influenced by worm)
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