writhe / rī[voicedth]/ • v. [intr.] make continual twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body: he writhed in agony on the ground. ∎ [tr.] cause to move in such a way: a snake writhing its body in a sinuous movement. ∎ (writhe in/with/at) respond with great emotional or physical discomfort to (a violent or unpleasant feeling or thought): she bit her lip, writhing in suppressed fury.• n. rare a twisting, squirming movement.