Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of wiggling
  2. (verb, motion) to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
    The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Squirm

twist, wiggle, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe

Alternate forms of Squirm

Derivations: squirm, squirmer

Hyponyms: wrench

Hypernyms: motility, motion, move, movement

Origin of the word Squirm

  1. 1691, originally referring to eels, of unknown origin; sometimes associated with worm or swarm, but perhaps rather imitative. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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