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"worm" in British English

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wormnoun

uk   /wɜːm/  us   /wɝːm/
B2 [C] a ​smallanimal with a ​long, ​narrow, ​softbody without ​arms, ​legs, or ​bones: The ​kiwibirdeats worms, other ​invertebrates, and ​berries. [C] the ​young of ​particulartypes of ​insect: It's ​distressing enough to ​find a worm in ​yourapple but ​findinghalf of one is ​worse.
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[C] a ​type of worm that ​lives in an animal's intestine, ​feeding on the ​food there, or on an animal's ​body, ​feeding off ​itsblood: a ​parasitic worm The ​vet says ​ourdog has worms.
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[S] informal old-fashioned an ​unpleasantperson who does not ​deserverespect: Don't be such a worm. You don't have to ​lie to me.

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wormverb

uk   /wɜːm/  us   /wɝːm/
  • worm verb (ANIMAL)

[T] to give an ​animal, ​especially a ​petdog or ​cat, ​medicine to ​kill any worms that might be ​living inside it: Has ​yourdog been wormed?
(Definition of worm from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worm" in American English

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wormnoun [C]

 us   /wɜrm/
  • worm noun [C] (ANIMAL)

a ​smallanimal with a ​long, ​narrow, ​softbody without ​legs or ​bones

wormverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /wɜrm/
to move ​slowly or ​carefully through a ​crowd or ​tightspace: He wormed his way through the ​crowd as ​quickly as he could. fig. He was a ​distantrelation who wormed his way into the ​confidence of the ​family.
(Definition of worm from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"worm" in Business English

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wormnoun [C]

uk   us   /wɜːm/ IT
a ​computerprogram that can ​sendcopies of itself to other ​computers and is ​designed to prevent the ​computers from ​workingnormally: When ​usersclick an ​infectedattachment, the worm ​opens a "back door" that ​hackers can use.
(Definition of worm from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “worm”
in Korean 벌레…
in Arabic دودة…
in Malaysian cacing…
in French ver (de terre)…
in Russian червяк…
in Chinese (Traditional) 蠕蟲, (某些昆蟲的)幼蟲, 寄生蟲…
in Italian verme…
in Turkish kurt, solucan…
in Polish robak…
in Spanish gusano, lombriz…
in Vietnamese con giun…
in Portuguese verme…
in Thai หนอน…
in German der Wurm…
in Catalan cuc…
in Japanese (ミミズなどの細長くて脚のない)虫…
in Chinese (Simplified) 蠕虫, (某些昆虫的)幼虫, 寄生虫…
in Indonesian cacing…
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