SQUIRM: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for SQUIRM?

Need another word that means the same as “squirm”? Find 29 synonyms for “squirm” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Squirm” are: twist, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe, wiggle, slide, slither, turn, shift, fidget, jiggle, twitch, thresh, flounder, flail, toss and turn, wince, blush, flush, go red, shuffle, tic, spasm, shudder

Squirm as a Noun

Definitions of "Squirm" as a noun

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “squirm” as a noun can have the following definitions:

  • A wriggling movement.
  • The act of wiggling.

Synonyms of "Squirm" as a noun (8 Words)

jiggleA quick light shake.
Give that rack a jiggle.
shudderAn act of shuddering.
The elevator rose with a shudder.
shuffleA piece of music for or in the style of a shuffle.
A shuffle facility.
spasmA sudden involuntary muscular contraction or convulsive movement.
A spasm of coughing woke him.
ticAn idiosyncratic and habitual feature of a person s behaviour.
They ve developed a verbal tic which involves repeating odd bits of each other s utterances.
twitchA sudden pull or jerk.
His mouth gave a slight twitch.
wiggleA wiggling movement.
A slight wiggle of the hips.
wriggleThe act of wiggling.
She gave an impatient little wriggle.

Usage Examples of "Squirm" as a noun

  • The toddler gave a sudden squirm.

Squirm as a Verb

Definitions of "Squirm" as a verb

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “squirm” as a verb can have the following definitions:

  • Show or feel embarrassment or shame.
  • Wriggle or twist the body from side to side, especially as a result of nervousness or discomfort.
  • To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling.

Synonyms of "Squirm" as a verb (21 Words)

blushFeel embarrassed or ashamed.
The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by.
fidgetMove restlessly.
The child is always fidgeting in his seat.
flailMove like a flail thresh about.
I was flailing about in the water.
flounderStruggle mentally; show or feel great confusion.
She is floundering in college.
flushOf a toilet be cleansed by flushing.
The plant had started to flush by late March.
go redMove away from a place into another direction.
jiggleMove about quickly from side to side or up and down.
The car jiggled on its springs.
shiftMake a shift in or exchange of.
The wind had shifted to the east.
slideMove obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner.
She slid the keys over the table.
slitherMove smoothly over a surface with a twisting or oscillating motion.
I spied a baby adder slithering away.
threshMove like a flail thresh about.
Machinery that can reap and thresh corn in the same process.
toss and turnAgitate.
turnTo break and turn over earth especially with a plow.
The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face.
twistTwist suddenly so as to sprain.
He grabbed the man and twisted his arm behind his back.
twitchUse a twitch to subdue a horse.
The dog twitched his ears.
wiggleMove to and fro.
Vi wiggled her toes.
winceMake a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of pain or distress.
She winced when she heard his pompous speech.
wormTreat an animal with a preparation designed to expel parasitic worms.
You wormed your way into their lives.
wrestleMove or manipulate (something) with difficulty.
The security guards wrestled them to the ground.
wriggleTo move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling.
She wriggled her bare brown toes.
writheRespond with great emotional or physical discomfort to (an intense or unpleasant feeling or thought.
The prisoner writhed in discomfort.

Usage Examples of "Squirm" as a verb

  • He looked uncomfortable and squirmed in his chair.
  • He squirmed as he recalled the phrases he had used.

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