to twist the body about or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, uncontrolled passion, etc.
to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort.
a writhing movement; a twisting of the body, as in pain.
- writh·er, noun
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How to use writhe in a sentence
Harden, visibly in pain, writhed on the floor as World Peace was ejected from the game.Metta World Peace, David Beckham, and More Flagrant Fouls in Sports | Brittany Jones-Cooper | April 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the back of the car, her neighbor shouted and writhed in pain.
Snakes hung on his neck and arms and writhed through his belt loops.
Hamburg writhed impotent at his feet and the "heavy arm of justice fell on the canaille."Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He lay and writhed with pain and fear, and when he heard her in the next room, called to her, begging her to have pity on him.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Strong hands were on Zeyneb's shoulders, but he almost writhed out of them, and stood before Richard.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
Azenor the Pale, writhed with pain under her iron fetters as the flames, reaching her limbs, set her robe and long hair on fire.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
Then a serpent of fire writhed along the fringe of the cloud mass and disappeared, followed by another sullen roar.Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
British Dictionary definitions for writhe
to twist or squirm in or as if in pain
(intr) to move with such motions
(intr) to suffer acutely from embarrassment, revulsion, etc
the act or an instance of writhing
- writher, noun
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