squirmer

squirm

[skwurm]
verb (used without object)
1.
to wriggle or writhe.
2.
to feel or display discomfort or distress, as from reproof, embarrassment, pain, etc.: He squirmed under the judge's questioning.
noun
3.
the act of squirming; a squirming or wriggling movement.

Origin:
1685–95; of expressive orig., perhaps echoing worm

squirmer, noun
squirmingly, adverb
unsquirming, adjective


1. turn, twist.
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squirm (skwɜːm)
 
vb
1.  to move with a wriggling motion; writhe
2.  to feel deep mental discomfort, guilt, embarrassment, etc
 
n
3.  a squirming movement
 
[C17: of imitative origin (perhaps influenced by worm)]
 
'squirmer
 
n
 
'squirming
 
adj
 
'squirmingly
 
adv

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