- to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.
- to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort.
- to twist or bend out of shape or position; distort; contort.
- to twist (oneself, the body, etc.) about, as in pain.
- a writhing movement; a twisting of the body, as in pain.
Origin of writhe
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Examples from the Web for writhed
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
April 24, 2012
In the back of the car, her neighbor shouted and writhed in pain.Afghanistan's Appalling Pregnancy Deaths
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
December 30, 2010
Snakes hung on his neck and arms and writhed through his belt loops.Call Him Dirty Harry Potter
April 8, 2009
The enemy collapsed at his feet and writhed helplessly on the floor.No Hiding Place
Richard R. Smith
"I cannot, I cannot," Fauchery kept repeating as he writhed to get free.
Gore could not see, but as he writhed he knew he was in the grip of the pirate captain.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
His face was aflame with joy, and he writhed and shook like one who hath a devil.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
Poor Jed, miserable and most unreasonably conscience-stricken, writhed in his chair.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
Word Origin and History for writhed
Old English wriðan "to twist or bend," earlier "to bind or fetter," from Proto-Germanic *writhanan (cf. North Frisian wrial, Old High German ridan, Old Norse riða, Middle Swedish vriþa, Middle Danish vride), from PIE *wreit- "to turn, bend" (see wreath). Related: Writhed; writhing.