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

 

writhe

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//raɪð//
 
; NAmE NAmE//raɪð//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they writhe
BrE BrE//raɪð//
 
; NAmE NAmE//raɪð//
 
he / she / it writhes
BrE BrE//raɪðz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//raɪðz//
 
past simple writhed
BrE BrE//raɪðd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//raɪðd//
 
past participle writhed
BrE BrE//raɪðd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//raɪðd//
 
-ing form writhing
BrE BrE//ˈraɪðɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪðɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] writhe (about/around) (in/with something) to twist or move your body without stopping, often because you are in great pain She was writhing around on the floor in agony. The snake writhed and hissed. (figurative) He was writhing (= suffering a lot) with embarrassment. Word Origin Old English wrīthan ‘make into coils, plait, fasten with a cord’, of Germanic origin; related to wreathe.Extra examples She was writhing in agony. The dog writhed with pain in the dust. The snake writhed and twisted.
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