Meaning of “writhe” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"writhe" in British English

See all translations

writheverb [ I ]

uk /raɪð/ us /raɪð/

to make large twisting movements with the body:

The pain was so unbearable that he was writhing in agony.
She was writhing around/about on the ground.

informal to experience a very difficult or unpleasant situation or emotion, such as extreme embarrassment:

He and four other senators were writhing in the glare of unfavourable publicity.

(Definition of “writhe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"writhe" in American English

See all translations

writheverb [ I ]

us /rɑɪð/

to make twisting movements with the body, esp. because you are feeling strong emotion:

He writhed in agony at the thought.

(Definition of “writhe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)