verb (used without object), writhed, writh·ing.
verb (used with object), writhed, writh·ing.
Origin of writhe
Examples from the Web for writhing
The pathetic dives and writhing on the field is a turn off to the most ardent American fan.What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Portugal, Costa Rica, and England in the World Cup|Nathan Daschle|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the film came out, my stepfather said to me, ‘I hope you’re not doing any writhing in your next one.How Hollywood’s Most Realistic Sex Scenes Were Made: ‘Don’t Look Now’ to ‘Nymphomaniac’|Marlow Stern|March 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both are literally depictions of magical air, evocative of movement and potency stirring inside a writhing cloud.
But a close examination of the actual practice itself reveals that the writhing, miserable reality of it is virtually undeniable.
I watched per plunge directly into the groaning, writhing horde.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
He fancied that she was writhing on her seat, that she was tearing her handkerchief with her hands.The Castle Inn|Stanley John Weyman
Then it came to the ground in a heap, writhing horribly in its death agonies.Jack North's Treasure Hunt|Roy Rockwood
See them writhing in the flames—listen to their piteous shrieks—four hundred voices raised in one wild chorus of agony!The Bible|John E. Remsburg
But here, surrounded by this writhing, slithering mass of eight-foot creatures, he felt distinctly unhappy.Upstarts|L. J. Stecher
The line of advance was dotted with khaki-clad figures, some still in death, some writhing in their agony.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for writhing
Word Origin for writhe
Word Origin and History for writhing
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.