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Definition of the noun squirm

What does squirm mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: squirms

  1. the act of wiggling

Alternative definition of the noun squirm


  1. A twisting, snakelike movement of the body.

Definition of the verb squirm

What does squirm mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: squirmed | squirming | squirms

  1. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

Alternative definition of the verb squirm


  1. To twist one’s body with snakelike motions.
  2. To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment.
  3. To evade (a question, an interviewer etc).
  4. [figuratively] To move in a slow, irregular motion.


"Squirm" is a 1976 American nature horror film directed by Jeff Lieberman, and starring Don Scardino and Patricia Pearcy. The plot follows a small Georgia town that becomes inundated with flesh-burrowing worms. It features early makeup work from Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker. The film was shot over the course of 24 days in Port Wentworth, Georgia.


  1. "Squirm" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "Squirm" is a composition.
  3. "Squirm" is a composition.


  1. Squirm were a New Zealand alternative rock group based in Christchurch, New Zealand. The band played from 1991 to 1997 and released two albums and one 6-track EP.
    • albums: "Spastic Sarcastic", "Whip Me Honey", "Mastermistakemaker"
  2. Squirm is a musical group.
    • albums: "Where the Dead Only Eat Virgin Flesh", "Dead Horror"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Squirm

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Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (1973)

by Eric Partridge, Jacqueline Simpson

SQUIRM. 3. A doctor; a dispensing ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

wiggle, twist, twitch, squirm, writhe, waggle, ...

Google previewWintu Dictionary (1985)

by Harvey Pitkin

move like a lizard, up and down; squirm, energetic movements; move like a man during intercourse; be diligent, industrious cf. {ha*k} still, {ha*n} deep haka ' said of a lizard when it moves itself up and down, also of a man during ...

Google previewNoah Webster and the American Dictionary (2005)

by David Micklethwait

Consider the word squirm from Webster's list as an example. To challenge Worcester to find it in any other dictionary was a foolish thing to do; it is in Bailey's octavo ("to move very nimbly about, spoken of an Eel") with the abbreviation "S.C. ," ...

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

by Martin Manser

twist, worm, squirm, wiggle, writhe wrinkle n.

Google previewEnglish-Cayuga/Cayuga-English Dictionary (2002)

by Frances Froman, Carrie Joan Dyck, Alfred Keye, Lottie Keye

squeeze see: pinch de-sa'ji-do-ha:k pinch it; squeeze it squirm see: struggle eh-sa-detsa't you will struggle, squirm to get loose, ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

to squirm, wriggle: (prov.) to rinse out the mouth with a liquid. Squilgee. See Squeegee. Squill, skwil, n. a genus of bulbousrooted plants of order Liliaceæ,with radical leaves,andflowers in terminal racemes or ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

spoof squid: cephalopod, cuttlefish, loligo, mollusk, octopus squid or other cephalopod mollusk: decapod squid prepared as food: calamari, totani squid secretes: ink squid tentacles: ten squid's internal shell: pen squiggle: curl, squirm, twist, ...

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Usage statistics about squirm

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Quotes about Squirm

I can look back at stuff I wrote in my early days and squirm at some of the mistakes I made. But we're all learning every day; we never stop. I just hope people keep on liking what I do. That gives me such a kick. (Paul Kane)
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Scrabble value of S1Q10U1I1R1M3

The value of this 6-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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