AskDefine | Define squirm

Dictionary Definition

squirm n : the act of wiggling [syn: wiggle, wriggle] v : to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace" [syn: writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, twist]

User Contributed Dictionary



Unkown. Perhaps imitative.



  1. To twist one's body with snakelike motions.
    The prisoner managed to squirm out of the straightjacket.
  2. To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment.
    I recounted the embarassing story in detail jut to watch him squirm.
  3. To evade (a question, an interviewer etc).

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To twist one's body with snakelike motion
To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment
To evade a question, an interviewer etc.

Extensive Definition

Squirm were a New Zealand alternative rock group based in Christchurch New Zealand. The band played from 1991 - 1997 and released 2 albums and one 6 track ep.



The band line up centered around
and Drummers
  • 1991 - 1994 Hat Myer
  • 1994 - 1997 - (Daryl Kirk) Lawrence O'blivion
and later bassist Vaughn Watson
The band didn't officially split but members went off to do their own thing, Notable Michael Brassell's Hiss Explosion which released a couple of albums, and his other side project whitey Hiss which also had releases. Michael Brassell died of complications arising from pneumonia in February 2004.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agonize, burn to, chafe, fidget, flip out, flounder, flutter, freak out on, fret, fuss, get excited, get high on, glow, go pitapat, hardly wait, hasten, have the fidgets, have the shakes, heave, itch to, jerk, jump the gun, palpitate, pant, quake, quaver, quiver, shake, shift, shiver, squiggle, stew, sweat, sweat and stew, sweat it out, swell, swell with emotion, thrill, thrill to, throb, tingle, tingle with excitement, toss, toss and turn, tremble, tumble, turn on to, twist, twist and turn, twitch, twitter, wag, waggle, wait impatiently, wiggle, worm, wriggle, writhe
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