- a person or thing that twists.
- Informal. a whirlwind or tornado.
- Chiefly British Informal. a deceitful, unscrupulous person.
Origin of twister
Examples from the Web for twister
When the twister tore through Moore, Mona Thomas lost everything.The Twister Stole My Pet: How Cats, Dogs, and a Donkey Survived Oklahoma
May 23, 2013
If that is so, then the twister was a measure of the forces we are playing with.Oklahoma Tornado Devastation: What the Twister Left Behind
May 22, 2013
It can shelter 3,000 people, if they can get there before a twister strikes.More Tornado Shelters? Not Necessarily
David Cay Johnston
May 22, 2013
The 1999 twister caused the fastest wind speed ever recorded on Earth up to that time: 318 miles per hour.
The twister was recorded as a F4 tornado, the second-highest intensity on the Fujita scale.
You're right, though,' says he, and with that he tries to put a twister on Diablo's nose.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"I can tell he's going to be a twister," warned Cousin Egbert.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
We're out of the path of the worst of the 'twister,' but it's best to take no chances.The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch
Laura Lee Hope
A second later a "twister" from the hills hit us, and adroitly he headed her into it.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
The last summer month brings to the Cape the August twister and the August tide.The Tyranny of Weakness
Charles Neville Buck
- British a swindling or dishonest person
- a person or thing that twists, such as a device used in making ropes
- US and Canadian an informal name for tornado
- a ball moving with a twisting motion
Word Origin and History for twister
1570s, "one who spins thread," agent noun from twist (v.). Meaning "tornado" is attested from 1881, American English.