- 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 bodyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 furyMore example sentences
- 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.