squirm


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squirm

 (skwûrm)
intr.v. squirmed, squirm·ing, squirms
1. To twist about in a wriggling, snakelike motion; writhe.
2. To feel or exhibit signs of humiliation or embarrassment.
n.
1. The act of squirming.
2. A squirming movement.

[Origin unknown.]

squirm′er n.
squirm′y adj.

squirm

(skwɜːm)
vb (intr)
1. to move with a wriggling motion; writhe
2. to feel deep mental discomfort, guilt, embarrassment, etc
n
a squirming movement
[C17: of imitative origin (perhaps influenced by worm)]
ˈsquirmer n
ˈsquirming adj
ˈsquirmingly adv

squirm

(skwɜrm)

v.i.
1. to wriggle or writhe.
2. to feel or display discomfort or distress, as from embarrassment or pain.
n.
3. the act of squirming; a squirming or wriggling movement.
[1685–95; of expressive orig., perhaps echoing worm]
squirm′er, n.
squirm′y, adj. squirm•i•er, squirm•i•est.

squirm


Past participle: squirmed
Gerund: squirming

Imperative
squirm
squirm
Present
I squirm
you squirm
he/she/it squirms
we squirm
you squirm
they squirm
Preterite
I squirmed
you squirmed
he/she/it squirmed
we squirmed
you squirmed
they squirmed
Present Continuous
I am squirming
you are squirming
he/she/it is squirming
we are squirming
you are squirming
they are squirming
Present Perfect
I have squirmed
you have squirmed
he/she/it has squirmed
we have squirmed
you have squirmed
they have squirmed
Past Continuous
I was squirming
you were squirming
he/she/it was squirming
we were squirming
you were squirming
they were squirming
Past Perfect
I had squirmed
you had squirmed
he/she/it had squirmed
we had squirmed
you had squirmed
they had squirmed
Future
I will squirm
you will squirm
he/she/it will squirm
we will squirm
you will squirm
they will squirm
Future Perfect
I will have squirmed
you will have squirmed
he/she/it will have squirmed
we will have squirmed
you will have squirmed
they will have squirmed
Future Continuous
I will be squirming
you will be squirming
he/she/it will be squirming
we will be squirming
you will be squirming
they will be squirming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been squirming
you have been squirming
he/she/it has been squirming
we have been squirming
you have been squirming
they have been squirming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been squirming
you will have been squirming
he/she/it will have been squirming
we will have been squirming
you will have been squirming
they will have been squirming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been squirming
you had been squirming
he/she/it had been squirming
we had been squirming
you had been squirming
they had been squirming
Conditional
I would squirm
you would squirm
he/she/it would squirm
we would squirm
you would squirm
they would squirm
Past Conditional
I would have squirmed
you would have squirmed
he/she/it would have squirmed
we would have squirmed
you would have squirmed
they would have squirmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squirm - the act of wigglingsquirm - the act of wiggling      
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
Verb1.squirm - to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)squirm - to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
wrench - make a sudden twisting motion

squirm

verb
1. wriggle, twist, writhe, shift, flounder, wiggle, fidget He gave a feeble shrug and tried to squirm free.
2. feel uncomfortable, worry, writhe, agonize Mentioning religion is a sure way to make him squirm.

squirm

verb
1. To move or proceed with short irregular motions up and down or from side to side:
2. To twist and turn, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment:
Translations
يَتَلَوّىيَشْعُر بالإرتِباك
propadat se hanbousvíjet se
krympe sig
feszeng
engjastfara hjá sér
būti nesavamnerasti vietos
locītiesminstinātiessarauties
prepadnúť sa od hanby
kıvranmakutanmak

squirm

[skwɜːm] VIretorcerse
I'll make him squirmyo lo haré sufrir
to squirm with embarrassmentestar violento, avergonzarse mucho

squirm

[ˈskwɜːrm] vi
(= wriggle) → se tortiller
(with embarrassment)ne plus savoir où se mettre

squirm

nWinden nt; to give a squirmsich winden
visich winden; (in distaste) → schaudern; (with embarrassment) → sich (drehen und) winden; (from discomfort) → hin und her rutschen; blood/that joke makes me squirmbei Blut/diesem Witz dreht sich in mir alles herum

squirm

[skwɜːm] vicontorcersi
to squirm with embarrassment → sentirsi morire dall'imbarazzo

squirm

(skwəːm) verb
1. to twist the body or wriggle. He lay squirming on the ground with pain.
2. to be very embarrassed or ashamed. I squirmed when I thought of how rude I'd been.
References in classic literature ?
Of course, they could squirm as they perished, as the socialists squirmed, as the speaker on the platform and the perspiring crowd were squirming even now as they counselled together for some new device with which to minimize the penalties of living and outwit the Cosmos.
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.
I remembered having seen tricksters writhe and squirm out of ropes with which they were bound, but though I writhed and squirmed like a good fellow, the knots remained as hard as ever, and there was no appreciable slack.
Whether it divined that it was being driven toward the lake, or whether it was merely a blind squirm of the monster, I do not know; but at any rate the mob took a cross street to the west, turned down the next street, and came back upon its track, heading south toward the great ghetto.
I'm going to squirm and wriggle and whisper, and I'm going to say I don't know the Golden Text.
He squirms on his dunghill, and like a child lost in the dark among goblins, calls to the gods that he is their younger brother, a prisoner of the quick that is destined to be as free as they--monuments of egotism reared by the epiphenomena; dreams and the dust of dreams, that vanish when the dreamer vanishes and are no more when he is not.
Still, it was nice to see The nbetweeners cast squirm a little when Alan said: "The last time you were on here, you were dead against doing another film.
At sporting events when it is played, British athletes squirm and stare at the floor, while footballers look as if they want the ground to open up and swallow them.
At sporting events when it is played, British athletes squirm and stare at the floor, whilst footballers look as if they want the ground to open up and swallow them.
This is not only relatively expensive to do in mass production, but in a walnut-stocked rifle tends to create problems when the wood inevitably starts to squirm.
Over the years, on many issues, it has been embarrassing to watch church leaders squirm and equivocate whenever any charges of wrongdoing were made against their clergy or staff.
There looked little danger when midfielder Juan Arango fired in a long-range free-kick in 22 minutes but Aouate misjudged the bounce to allow the ball to squirm under his body.