Meaning of writhe

writhe

Pronunciation: (rī), [key]
— v., n. writhed, writh•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.
  2. to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort.
—v.t.
  1. to twist or bend out of shape or position; distort; contort.
  2. to twist (oneself, the body, etc.) about, as in pain.
—n.
  1. a writhing movement; a twisting of the body, as in pain.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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