worm – Wiktionary

See also: Worm, WORM , and Wörm

english [edit ]

etymology [edit ]

From Middle English worm, werm, wurm, wirm, from Old English wyrm ( “ worm, snake ” ), from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis, possibly from *wer- ( “ to turn ” ). Cognate with Dutch worm, West Frisian wjirm, German Wurm, Danish orm, norwegian orm. indo-european cognates include Latin vermis ( “ worm ” ), lithuanian var̃mas ( “ worm, midge ” ), albanian rrime ( “ rainworm ” ), Ancient Greek ῥόμος ( rhómos, “ woodworm ” ). First calculator use by John Brunner in his 1975 reserve The Shockwave Rider. Doublet of wyrm, which is a reasonably holocene borrowing immediately from the Old English.

pronunciation [edit ]

A worm

noun [edit ]

worm ( plural worms )

use notes [edit ]

  • It is common to use the plural form worms to refer to intestinal or other internal parasites.
  • Although the use of the “worm” to mean “dragon” or “serpent” is archaic, those meanings are in current use in the word “wyrm” which is a doublet of “worm”. Wyrm is a fairly recent borrowing directly from the Old English.

Derived terms [edit ]

Terms derived from worm ( noun )

Translations [edit ]

cricket term

dragon or fabulous serpent

  • Bulgarian: дракон(bg) molarity ( drakon )
  • Danish: orm(da) c, drage(da) c
  • Finnish: käärme(fi)
  • French: dragon(fr) meter
  • German: Lindwurm(de) meter
  • Italian: drago(it) thousand
  • Norwegian: orm(no) megabyte
  • Polish: smok(pl) megabyte
  • Romanian: balaur(ro) megabyte or thousand pl
  • Swedish: orm(sv) c, drake(sv) c

home tormenter

  • French: remords(fr) megabyte
  • Romanian: șarpe(ro) meter

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verb [edit ]

worm ( third-person singular simple present worms, present participle worming, simple past and past participle wormed )

Translations [edit ]

( nautical ) to fill in the contlines of a rope before parcel and serve

to bring around of intestinal worms

  • French: vermifuger(fr)
  • Hungarian: féregtelenít(hu)
  • Spanish: desparasitar(es)

to work one ‘s room by artful or devious means

  • Danish: orme sig
  • Dutch: zich wurmen

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References [edit ]

  • [4] The Free Dictionary, Farlex Inc., 2010.

Anagrams [edit ]

cornish [edit ]

adjective [edit ]


  1. gorm soft mutation of

dutch [edit ]

option forms [edit ]

pronunciation [edit ]

  • IPA(key): /ʋɔrm/
  • Hyphenation: worm
  • Rhymes: -ɔrm

etymology 1 [edit ]

From Middle Dutch worm, from Old Dutch *wurm, *worm, from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis. Compare English worm, West Frisian wjirm, German Wurm, Danish orm .

noun [edit ]

worm thousand ( plural wormen, diminutive wormpje nitrogen )

  1. worm, slang term for versatile, by and large legless invertebrates ; often nematodes or legless arthropod larva .
Derived terms [edit ]
Descendants [edit ]
  • Afrikaans: wurm
  • Berbice Creole Dutch: worum
  • Negerhollands: worm, wurum
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etymology 2 [edit ]

See the etymology of the comparable lemma form .

verb [edit ]


Middle English [edit ]

alternative forms [edit ]

etymology [edit ]

From Old English wyrm, from Proto-West Germanic *wurmi, from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis .

pronunciation [edit ]

noun [edit ]

worm ( plural wormes or wormen )

  1. A worm
    1. A wormish insect that damages plants or plant-based material ( e.g. a termite ).
    2. A wormish insect that damages human remains.
    3. A parasitic wormstomach.
  2. A crawling animal; an animal that moves upon the ground.
  3. An animal regarded as harmful and annoying.
  4. A snake or snake-like monster.
  5. A dragon, drake, or wyrm ( fabulous fire-breathing winged lizard )
  6. A beast that inhabits Hell; causing suffering to its inhabitants.
  7. A pauper, miser, or other contemptuous individual.
  8. regret, forgiveness; the twanging of the heartstrings.
  9. evil, malice; that which promotes maliciousness.
  10. (biblical ) The snake of Eden.
  11. (Christianity, rare ) Satan, the Devil.
  12. (, rare veterinary ) A muscle underneath the tongue of a dog seen as increasing the risk of rabies.

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portuguese [edit ]

etymology [edit ]

Unadapted borrowing from English worm .

pronunciation [edit ]

noun [edit ]

worm megabyte ( plural worms )

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