verb (used without object), writhed, writh·ing.
verb (used with object), writhed, writh·ing.
Origin of writhe
Synonyms for writhe
Word Origin for writhe
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.