- To form or make into a curve or bend; to make bent:
- To bend or twist into a circular shape (as a wreath)
- To bend or twist as to distort; to writhe or wring.
- To bend or twist as to snap or split; to twist out of position.
- To writhe; to make a twisting motion (often while in pain)
- To move in a twisted or distorted way; to squirm.
- To force someone to fall over; to knock over.
- To connect two things or enclose one thing in another.
- To go or look away; to avoid involvement in an activity or matter.
- (rare) To start a behaviour or acquire attributes.
- (rare) To twine two things together.
- (rare) To be intertwined or twined together.
- (rare, surgery) To drill a hole by a twisting motion.
Weak forms occasionally appear in this verb, but it generally remains strong.
Conjugation of writhen (strong class 1)
|1st person singular||writhe||wroth, wrath|
|2nd person singular||writhest||wroth, wrath, *wrothest|
|3rd person singular||writheþ, writheth||wroth, wrath|
|writhende, writhinge||writh(en), wreth(en)|