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writhe

[ rahyth ]
/ raɪð /
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verb (used without object), writhed, writh·ing.
to twist the body about or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, uncontrolled passion, etc.
to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort.
verb (used with object), writhed, writh·ing.
to twist or bend out of shape or position; distort; contort.
to twist (oneself, the body, etc.) about, as in pain.
noun
a writhing movement; a twisting of the body, as in pain.
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Origin of writhe

First recorded before 900; Middle English writhen (verb), Old English wrīthan “to twist, wind”; cognate with Old Norse rītha “to knit, twist”; akin to wreath, wry

OTHER WORDS FROM writhe

writh·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH writhe

wraith, wreath, wreathe, writhe
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British Dictionary definitions for writhe

writhe
/ (raɪð) /

verb
to twist or squirm in or as if in pain
(intr) to move with such motions
(intr) to suffer acutely from embarrassment, revulsion, etc
noun
the act or an instance of writhing

Derived forms of writhe

writher, noun

Word Origin for writhe

Old English wrīthan; related to Old High German rīdan, Old Norse rītha. See wrath, wreath, wrist, wroth
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