What is worm?

  • (noun): A person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect.
    Synonyms: louse, insect, dirt ball
    See also — Additional definitions below


The term worm /ˈwɜrm/ refers to an obsolete taxon (vermes) used by Carolus Linnaeus and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck for all non-arthropod invertebrate animals, and stems from the Old English word wyrm. Currently it is used to describe many different distantly related animals that typically have a long cylindrical tube-like body and no legs. Most animals called "worms" are invertebrates, but the term is also used for the amphibian caecilians and the slow worm Anguis, a legless burrowing lizard. Invertebrate animals commonly called "worms" include annelids (earthworms), nematodes (roundworms), platyhelminthes (flatworms), marine polychaete worms (bristle worms), marine nemertean worms ("bootlace worms"), marine Chaetognatha (arrow worms), priapulid worms, and insect larvae such as caterpillars, grubs, and maggots. Historical English-speaking cultures have used the (now deprecated) terms worm, Wurm, or wyrm to describe carnivorous reptiles ("serpents"), and the related mythical beasts dragons. The term worm can also be used as an insult or pejorative term used towards people to describe a cowardly or weak individual or individual seen as pitiable.

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List Of Friday Characters - B - Big Worm
... Big Worm (played by Faizon Love) is the main antagonist of the first film ... Smokey owes him $200 and he told Worm that he and Craig got high off Worm's product ... Worm makes a threat that if Smokey doesn't have the money by 10PM, he will kill him and Craig ...
List Of Monster Rancher Characters - Secondary Characters - Allan
... Allan was a young human boy with a Worm as his monster partner ... But after two of Seed Sisters double-crossed him and killed his Worm by draining it's energy, he decided that he would fight against Moo after he killed the ... after watching the Seed Sisters kill his Worm ...
Sockburn Worm
... In the folklore of Northumbria, the Sockburn Worm was a ferocious wyvern that laid waste to the village of Sockburn in Durham ... the falchion that John Conyers used on the worm ... the falchion wherewith the champion Conyers slew the worm, dragon or fiery flying serpent which destroyed man, woman and child in memory of which the king then reigning gave him the manor of ...
Worm - See Also
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Lagarfljót Worm
... The Lagarfljótsormur, Lagarfljót worm, (or simply Iceland Worm Monster) is an Icelandic lake cryptid which is purported to live in Lagarfljót in ...

More definitions of "worm":

  • (noun): Screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack.
  • (noun): A software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network.
    Example: "Worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers"
  • (noun): Any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae.

Famous quotes containing the word worm:

    Like vinegar on a wound is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart.
    Bible: Hebrew, Proverbs 25:20.

    Alas! and did my Saviour bleed,
    And did my Sovereign die?
    Would he devote that sacred Head
    For such a worm as I?
    Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

    The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)