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Definition 1: the act of wiggling - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for squirm in the sense of this definition

(squirm is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

Definition 2: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling) - [verb of motion]

Samples where squirm or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The prisoner writhed in discomfort
  • The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace

Synonyms for squirm in the sense of this definition

(squirm is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of squirm ) make a sudden twisting motion

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