- To squirm is to wiggle or fidget, especially when you do so because you are nervous or uncomfortable.
When you wiggle around in your seat because you are anxious about what is coming next, this is an example of squirm.
squirm definition by Webster's New World
- to twist and turn the body in a snakelike movement; wriggle; writhe
- to show or feel distress, as from painful embarrassment, humiliation, etc.
the act of squirming; a squirming motion
squirm definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb squirmed, squirm·ing, squirms
- To twist about in a wriggling, snakelike motion; writhe.
- To feel or exhibit signs of humiliation or embarrassment.
- The act of squirming.
- A squirming movement.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- squirmˈer noun
- squirmˈy adjective