Movement / action words

To follow up on my previous post of lists of alternative words to help fellow writers, I have found another great list of movement words. Enjoy.

In place

  • wiggle
  • wriggle
  • writhe
  • squirm
  • stretch
  • bend
  • twist
  • turn
  • flop
  • drop
  • collapse
  • fall
  • shake
  • swing
  • sway
  • rock
  • spring
  • bounce
  • bob
  • jump
  • undulate
  • whirl
  • spin
  • revolve
  • rotate
  • contract
  • expand
  • curl
  • uncurl
  • rise
  • sink
  • lunge
  • tumble
  • totter
  • lurch
  • lean
  • sag
  • hang
  • slouch
  • slump
  • droop
  • pounce
  • jostle

 

Place to place

  • creep
  • crawl
  • roll
  • walk
  • skip
  • run
  • gallop
  • leap
  • hop
  • stride
  • prance
  • strut
  • stroll
  • saunter
  • meander
  • limp
  • hobble
  • stagger
  • march
  • scurry
  • trudge
  • stalk
  • race
  • plod
  • amble
  • sprint
  • slink
  • tramp
  • scramble
  • dodge
  • hustle

 

Other living movements

  • glide
  • fly
  • float
  • soar
  • sail
  • swoop
  • slide
  • slither
  • plunge
  • dive
  • drift
  • climb
  • swim
  • lope
  • jog
  • trot
  • burrow
  • wallow
  • buck
  • butt
  • rear
  • spin

 

Non-living movements

  • explode
  • burst
  • melt
  • freeze
  • congeal
  • ooze
  • bubble
  • boil
  • seethe
  • simmer
  • swirl
  • crumble
  • crumple
  • crash
  • shatter
  • evaporate
  • effervesce
  • shrink
  • shrivel
  • disintegrate
  • infiltrate

 

Movements characteristic of body parts

 Face

  • smile
  • frown
  • sneer
  • pout
  • scowl
  • grin
  • yawn
  • chew
  • wince
  • grimace
  • squint
  • blink
  • wink
  • gape
  • stare
  • glare
  • leer

 

Hands

  • open
  • close
  • clench
  • grab
  • stroke
  • slap
  • scratch
  • squeeze
  • wring
  • knead
  • snatch
  • pat
  • pinch
  • point
  • poke
  • pluck
  • tap
  • grasp
  • beckon
  • clasp
  • pick
  • rub

 

Arms and hands

  • pound
  • strike
  • grind
  • sweep
  • cut
  • slice
  • chop
  • push
  • pull
  • thrust
  • clutch
  • dig
  • throw
  • fling
  • catch
  • beat
  • whip
  • stir
  • wave
  • punch
  • lift
  • reach
  • grope
  • weave

 

Legs and feet

  • kick
  • shuffle
  • stamp
  • trample
  • tip-toe
  • scuff
  • slip
  • mince
  • stumble
  • tap
  • drag

 

Movements with specific emotional content

  • cringe
  • tremble
  • shiver
  • crouch
  • cower
  • shudder
  • grovel
  • sneak
  • flinch
  • lurk
  • advance
  • fawn
  • retreat
  • attack
  • defend
  • struggle
  • fight
  • chase
  • flee
  • caress
  • hug
  • fondle
  • embrace

 

Words that imply movement

  • search
  • hide
  • discover
  • escape
  • hurry
  • rush
  • hesitate
  • delay
  • linger
  • meeting
  • greeting
  • parting
  • welcome
  • threaten
  • pursue
  • attract
  • repulse
  • growth
  • decay
  • bloom
  • wither
  • wilt
  • appear
  • disappear
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