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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Worm
  1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like.(Archaic)"There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a murderer." [Tyndale (Acts xxviii. 3, 4).]"'T is slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile." [Shak.]"When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm, His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks." [Longfellow.]
  2. Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely without feet, or with very short ones, including a great variety of animals; as, an earth worm; the blind worm. [Zoöl]
    1. Any helminth; an entozoön.
    2. Any annelid.
    3. An insect larva.
    4. pl.
      Same as Vermes.
  3. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse."The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!" [Shak.]
  4. A being debased and despised."I am a worm, and no man." [Ps. xxii. 6.]
  5. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm
    1. The thread of a screw.
      "The threads of screws, when bigger than can be made in screw plates, are called worms." [Moxon.]
    2. A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
    3. [Anat]
      A certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta.
    4. The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still.
    5. [Mach]
      A short revolving screw, the threads of which drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing, below.

Etymology: OE. worm wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. waúrms, L. vermis, Gr. � a wood worm. Cf. Vermicelli Vermilion Vermin

verb Worm
To work slowly, gradually, and secretly.
verb Worm
  1. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out."They find themselves wormed out of all power." [Swift.]"They . . . wormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell." [Dickens.]
  2. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm (n.) 5 .
  3. To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of, as a dog, for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw. The operation was formerly supposed to guard against canine madness."The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties, wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier puppies." [Sir W. Scott.]
  4. [Naut] To wind rope, yarn, or other material, spirally round, between the strands of, as a cable; to wind with spun yarn, as a small rope."Ropes . . . are generally wormed before they are served." [Totten.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. 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
  2. Screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
  3. A software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network ("worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers")
  4. A person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  5. To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

Notable Persons Named Worm


Worm Hirsch Darre-Jenssen was a Member of the Parliament of Norway, Member of theParliament of Norway, Minister of Transport, and Communications (Norway). Worm was born on December 7th, 1870 in Ranheim. He passed away on April 30th, 1945.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Worm

Ole was born on May 13th, 1588 in Aarhus. He left this life on August 31st, 1654.



Ronnie Worm is a soccer player for the MSV Duisburg, Eintracht Braunschweig, Germany national youth football team, and Germany Olympic football team. Ronnie was born on October 7th, 1953 in Duisburg.



Alfred was born on June 14th, 1945 in Gmünd, Lower Austria. He passed away on February 4th, 2007.


Rutger Worm is a soccer player for the Free agent, Quick 1888, Vitesse Arnhem, N.E.C. (football club), Melbourne City FC, FC Emmen, Chiangrai United F.C., Achilles '29, and Netherlands national football team. Rutger was born on February 1st, 1986 in Nijmegen.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Worm U.S.
  White 95.82% 64.26%
  African American 0.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.86% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.09% 16.26%

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People with the last name Worm are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Worm

  • How Popular is the name Worm? As a last name Worm was the 23,978th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Worm? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Worm was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Worm: Your name in reverse order is Mrow. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mwor. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Worm? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,052 people with the last name Worm.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Worm? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Worm as their last name since less than 1 person in 278k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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