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squirmy

[skwur-mee] /ˈskwɜr mi/
adjective, squirmier, squirmiest.
1.
characterized by squirming.
Origin of squirmy
1830-1840
1830-40; squirm + -y1
Related forms
squirminess, noun
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  • squirmy searched his half-dressed congregation witheringly over the tops of his spectacles.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Ned's got a conscience, too, you know, as squirmy as Gholson's.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • By that time those sardines had begun to swim around inside of me and I got kind of squirmy.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • We can do it faster if we all go; they are so squirmy to carry.

  • Lil squealed at the thought of “using one of the squirmy things.”

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • squirmy was to be a second lieutenant; Naughty, a first lieutenant; and Vance, a captain.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Below that my body was empty, squirmy, electricity-stung, yet with the feeling of wearing ice cold iron pants.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • There were forty scholars: squirmy, grimy little things that I found it hard to tell apart at first.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • If you bring any of those horrid, squirmy worms aboard this boat, I—I'll just go right home and not be pirates any more.

  • They were forced to swallow things that felt like particularly fat and squirmy worms.

British Dictionary definitions for squirmy

squirmy

/ˈskwɜːmɪ/
adjective
1.
moving with a wriggling motion
2.
making one squirm
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