- worm1 [wə:m US wə:rm] n[: Old English; Origin: wyrm 'snake, worm']1.) a long thin creature with no bones and no legs that lives in soil2.) the young form of an insect, which looks like a short worm3.) have wormsif a person or animal has worms, they have legless ↑parasites (=small creatures that eat their food or their blood) in their body4.) someone who you do not like or respect5.) a type of computer ↑virus that can make copies of itself and destroy information on computers that are connected to each other6.) the worm turnsliterary used to say that someone who normally obeys someone without complaining suddenly refuses to do this→can of worms at ↑can2 (4)worm 2worm2 v [T]1.) worm (your way) into/through etc sthto move through a small place or a crowd slowly, carefully, or with difficulty▪ He wormed his way under the fence.2.) worm your way into sb's affections/heart/confidence etcto gradually make someone love or trust you, especially by being dishonest3.) worm your way out of (doing) sthto avoid doing something that you have been asked to do by making an excuse that is dishonest but clever▪ Steve wormed his way out of going to the meeting.4.) to give an animal medicine in order to remove ↑parasites that live inside itworm out of [worm sth out of sb] phr vto get information from someone who does not want to give it
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.