worm

/ˈwɚm/

  • Noun
  • a long, thin animal that has a soft body with no legs or bones and that often lives in the ground
    1. I often see worms in the garden.
    2. We always used worms as bait for fishing.
  • the young form of some insects that looks like a small worm
  • a person who is not liked or respected
    1. I didn't think that she would go on a date with that worm. [=wretch]
  • an infection or a disease caused by tiny worms that live inside the body of an animal or person
    1. The veterinarian told us that our dog has worms.
  • a computer virus that causes damage to computers connected to each other by a network
  • Verb
  • to move or proceed by twisting and turning
    1. He slowly wormed through the crowd.
    2. He slowly wormed his way through the crowd.
  • to give (an animal) medicine that destroys the small worms that live inside it and cause illness
    1. worm a puppy
    2. You should have the dog vaccinated and wormed.
  • to get (yourself) into (a desired position, situation, etc.) in a gradual and usually clever or dishonest way
    1. I wormed my way into a job at the theater.
    2. He somehow managed to worm himself back into her life.
  • to get (information) from (someone) by asking many questions, by using clever methods of persuasion, etc.
    1. We're still trying to worm it out of him.
    2. She finally wormed the truth out of him. [=she finally got him to tell her the truth]
  • to avoid doing (something) in usually a clever or dishonest way
    1. He always managed to worm his way out of doing the dishes.