Definition of writhen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪð(ə)n/
(also wrythen)


1 literary Twisted or contorted out of normal shape or form.
Example sentences
  • It's afternoon, about a quarter to one, and the sparrows abound, alighting in the numerous olive trees twisting in writhen contortion round the flanks of the pavilion.
  • Gwyneth stopped for a moment along the writhen and narrow forest path, ‘Something isn't right Evelyn…‘
  • The mist spreads, smooth despite its writhen mass, dividing neatly and travelling down in four directions.
2(Of antique glass or silver) having spirally twisted ornamentation.
Example sentences
  • Among these may be mentioned the writhen knop dating from about 1550.
  • This small corkscrew has a green-stained ivory handle and a silver shank with beaded and writhen fluted decoration.


Old English in the sense 'plaited, entwined', archaic past participle of writhe.

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