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squirm

squirm

 
 
pronunciation:
skwuhrm
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: squirmed, squirming, squirms
definition 1: to twist about; writhe; wriggle.
The small child squirmed in the arms of the nurse.
synonyms:
twist
similar words:
shift, wiggle, wriggle, writhe
definition 2: to feel or show embarrassment or distress.
The boy squirmed as the teacher read his poem out loud.
synonyms:
writhe
similar words:
blench, blush, flinch, smart, wince
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part of speech: noun
definition: a twisting, wriggling movement; the act of squirming.
With a squirm, she got free of her aunt's smothering embrace.
synonyms:
wriggle
similar words:
twist, wiggle, writhe
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derivations: squirmy (adj.), squirmingly (adv.)
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