Writhe meaning

rīth
The definition of writhe is to twist or to suffer emotionally.

To move your body when you get an electric shock is an example of writhe.

To feel deep sadness after hearing a loved one died is an example of writhe.

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To move with a twisting or contorted motion.

A snake writhed out of the bushes.

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To cause to twist or squirm; contort.
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To make twisting bodily movements, as in pain or struggle.
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To suffer emotional or physical distress, as from embarrassment or anguish.
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The act or an instance of writhing.
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To cause to twist or turn; contort.
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To make twisting or turning movements; contort the body, as in agony; squirm.
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To suffer great emotional distress, as from embarrassment or revulsion.
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A writhing movement; contortion.
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To twist, to wring (something).
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To contort (a part of the body).
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(intransitive) To twist or contort the body; to be distorted.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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(knot theory) The number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot.
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Origin of writhe

  • Middle English writhen from Old English wrīthan wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English writhen, from Old English wrīþan, from Proto-Germanic *wrīþanÄ… 'to twist, turn' (cf. Old High German rÄ«dan 'to turn', Old Norse ríða 'to wind'), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Lithuanian riÄ“sti 'to unbend, wind, roll').

    From Wiktionary