Borrowing from Old English wyrm. Natural evolution of the Old English term resulted in Modern English worm. The Modern English word "wyrm" is a recent lifting directly from the Old English, and it is largely restricted to poetic use. Doublet of worm.
wyrm (plural wyrms)
From Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis. Cognate with Old Frisian wirm, Old Saxon wurm (Dutch worm), Old High German wurm (German Wurm), Old Norse ormr (Swedish orm (“serpent”)), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌼𐍃 (waurms, “worm, serpent”). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin vermis (“worm”), Lithuanian varmas (“midge”), Old East Slavic вермие (vermie, “locusts, worms”), Ancient Greek ῥόμος (rhómos, “earthworm”) (originally *ϝράμος (wrámos)).
wyrm m (plural wyrmas)
- a serpent or snake
- "Me nædre beswac, fah wyrm þurh fægir word" (see references)
- a creeping insect, maggot, grub, or worm
- "Wyrm ðe boraþ treow termes vel teredo" (see references)
- a worm or a snake, in the figurative sense of something lowly or despicable
- "Ic eam wyrm (vermis) and nales mon" (see references)