- 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.
- to twist and turn the body in a snakelike movement; wriggle; writhe
- to show or feel distress, as from painful embarrassment, humiliation, etc.
intransitive verbsquirmed, 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 of squirmOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present squirms, present participle squirming, simple past and past participle squirmed)
- To twist one’s body with snakelike motions.
- The prisoner managed to squirm out of the straitjacket.
- To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment.
- I recounted the embarrassing story in detail just to watch him squirm.
- To evade (a question, an interviewer etc).
- (figuratively) To move in a slow, irregular motion.
- A twisting, snakelike movement of the body.
Unknown. Perhaps imitative.