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Related to squirmy: confrontational, squirrely


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.
1. The act of squirming.
2. A squirming movement.

[Origin unknown.]

squirm′er n.
squirm′y adj.
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adj, squirmier or squirmiest
1. moving with a wriggling motion
2. making one squirm
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