1. [syn: wiggly, wriggling, wriggly, writhing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Writhe \Writhe\, v. t. [imp. Writhed; p. p. Writhed, Obs. or
Poetic Writhen; p. pr. & vb. n. Writhing.] [OE. writhen,
AS. wr[imac]?an to twist; akin to OHG. r[imac]dan, Icel.
r[imac]?a, Sw. vrida, Dan. vride. Cf. Wreathe, Wrest,
1. To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to
distort; to wring. "With writhing [turning] of a pin."
Then Satan first knew pain,
And writhed him to and fro. --Milton.
Her mouth she writhed, her forehead taught to frown.
His battle-writhen arms, and mighty hands.
2. To wrest; to distort; to pervert.
The reason which he yieldeth showeth the least part
of his meaning to be that whereunto his words are
3. To extort; to wring; to wrest. [R.]
The nobility hesitated not to follow the example of
their sovereign in writhing money from them by every
species of oppression. --Sir W.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: moving in a twisting or snake-like or wormlike fashion;
"wiggly worms" [syn: wiggly, wriggling, wriggly,