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