Definition of writhe in English:


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Pronunciation: /rʌɪð


[no object]
  • 1Make twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body: he writhed in agony on the ground (as adjective writhing) a writhing heap of maggots [with object]: a snake writhing its body
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    • She squirmed and writhed and twisted, genuinely this time, but she was small anyway, and Sarah was strong, and so she wasn't going anywhere.
    • Taibhsear watched in awe as the great body writhed and twisted, and a new egg fell to join the others.
    • I twisted and twitched and writhed, but they wouldn't let me go.
    squirm, wriggle, thrash, flounder, flail, toss, toss and turn, twitch, twist, twist and turn, roll, jiggle, wiggle, jerk, jolt
  • 1.1 (writhe in/with/at) Respond with great emotional or physical discomfort to (an intense or unpleasant feeling or thought): she bit her lip, writhing in suppressed fury
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    • They almost oscillate between the witty and tragic, and I found myself laughing and then writhing with discomfort.
    • The ensuing horn blast was loud enough to stun even the Elves, who immediately clapped their hands over their ears and writhed in discomfort.
    • She found great satisfaction in seeing him writhe in discomfort.


Old English wrīthan 'make into coils, plait, fasten with a cord', of Germanic origin; related to wreathe.

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