Definition of squirm verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    squirm

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skwɜːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwɜːrm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squirm
    BrE BrE//skwɜːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwɜːrm//
     
    he / she / it squirms
    BrE BrE//skwɜːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwɜːrmz//
     
    past simple squirmed
    BrE BrE//skwɜːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwɜːrmd//
     
    past participle squirmed
    BrE BrE//skwɜːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwɜːrmd//
     
    -ing form squirming
    BrE BrE//ˈskwɜːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɜːrmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move around a lot making small twisting movements, because you are nervous, uncomfortable, etc. synonym wriggle (+ adv./prep.) The children were squirming restlessly in their seats. + adj. Someone grabbed him but he managed to squirm free.
  2. 2[intransitive] to feel great embarrassment or shame It made him squirm to think how badly he'd messed up the interview.
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: symbolic of writhing movement; probably associated with worm.Extra examples He squirmed with embarrassment. I squirmed in my seat, not knowing what to do. I started to squirm out of his grasp. She squirmed away from his hands. The very mention of her singing made her squirm uncomfortably. He stammered out a reply, squirming on his stool. The children squirmed restlessly in their seats. The little boy squirmed with embarrassment.
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