American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To twist about in a wriggling, snakelike motion; writhe.
- v. To feel or exhibit signs of humiliation or embarrassment.
- n. The act of squirming.
- n. A squirming movement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wriggle or writhe, as an eel or a worm; hence, to writhe mentally.
- To climb by wriggling; “shin”: as, to squirm up a tree.
- n. A wriggling motion, like that of a worm or an eel.
- n. Nautical, a twist in a rope.
- v. To twist one’s body with snakelike motions.
- v. To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment.
- v. To evade (a question, an interviewer etc).
- v. figuratively To move in a slow, irregular motion.
- n. A twisting, snakelike movement of the body.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To twist about briskly with contortions like an eel or a worm; to wriggle; to writhe.
- v. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
- n. the act of wiggling
- Unknown. Perhaps imitative. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When I recall the things I have done, the meannesses I have stooped to, I squirm and squirm and _squirm_!”
“Any sacrifice that makes me lose one crawl or squirm is foolish, — and not only foolish, for it is a wrong against myself and a wicked thing.”
“KillCon 2006 says: watching the left squirm is fun. â€œYou donâ€ ™ t have the votes. .â€”
“Watching the right squirm is so much fun. â€œYou donâ€ ™ t have the votes. .â€”
“Any sacrifice that makes me lose one crawl or squirm is foolish, -- and not only foolish, for it is a wrong against myself and a wicked thing.”
“Watching Republicans other than Sen. John McCain squirm when being questioned about torture in general, and waterboarding in particular — inventing extreme scenarios and talking about “simulated drowning” or a “little dunk in the water” — has revealed that torture could be a lollapalooza of a problem for many of the GOP’s 2008 candidates.”
“I'm certain this charming flirty thing is just what she does, and she does it well -- but dear god she makes me squirm, which is the point of it I imagine.”
“At least there will be a live video feed that will let the world see you squirm, which is something golf aficionados haven't witnessed on the course.”
“While her grilling of Geithner in September, over what members of Congress have called the "backdoor bailout" of Wall Street through AIG, inspired the "squirm" video, just last month Warren pressed Geithner on the administration's lackluster foreclosure-prevention plan, Making Home Affordable.”
“Responsibility for what; that I didn't care for your 'squirm' comment?”
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