Squirm vs Scream - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between squirm and scream
is that squirm
is to twist one’s body with snakelike motions while scream
is to cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech.
As nouns the difference between squirm and scream
is that squirm
is a twisting, snakelike movement of the body while scream
is a loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, usually horror, fear, excitement et cetera can be the exclamation of a word, but is usually a sustained, high-pitched vowel sound, particularly /æ/ or /i/.
To twist one’s body with snakelike motions.
* 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IV
- The prisoner managed to squirm out of the straitjacket.
* 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
- ...around us there had sprung up a perfect bedlam of screams and hisses and a seething caldron of hideous reptiles, devoid of fear and filled only with hunger and with rage. They clambered, squirmed and wriggled to the deck, forcing us steadily backward, though we emptied our pistols into them.
To twist in discomfort, especially from shame or embarrassment.
- "Throw it away, dear, do," she said, as they got into the road; but Jacob squirmed away from her...
* 2010 , ,
- I recounted the embarrassing story in detail just to watch him squirm .
Questionable Content 1686: Twist in the Wind
- MARIGOLD: Should I tell them I know?
To evade (a question, an interviewer etc).
(figuratively) To move in a slow, irregular motion.
- DORA: Nah, let ’em squirm . Let’s go get some pie.
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* (twist with snakelike motions) writhe, wriggle
* (twist in discomfort) fidget
A twisting, snakelike movement of the body.
A loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, usually horror, fear, excitement et cetera. Can be the exclamation of a word, but is usually a sustained, high-pitched vowel sound, particularly /æ/ or /i/.
(music) A form of singing associated with the metal and screamo styles of music. It is a loud, rough, distorted version of the voice; rather than the normal voice of the singer.
(informal) (Used as an intensifier)
- We had a real scream of a time at the beach.
To cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech.
To move quickly; to race.
- I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
- ''He almost hit a pole, the way he came screaming down the hill.
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