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Pronunciation: /rʌɪð

Definition of writhe in English:


[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
More 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.
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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