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twister

[twis-ter] /ˈtwɪs tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that twists.
2.
Informal. a whirlwind or tornado.
3.
Chiefly British Informal. a deceitful, unscrupulous person.
Origin of twister
1475-1485
1475-85; 1895-1900 for def 2; twist + -er1
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  • 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.

  • 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 Dictionary definitions for twister

twister

/ˈtwɪstə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a swindling or dishonest person
2.
a person or thing that twists, such as a device used in making ropes
3.
(US & Canadian) an informal name for tornado
4.
a ball moving with a twisting motion
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Word Origin and History for twister
n.

1570s, "one who spins thread," agent noun from twist (v.). Meaning "tornado" is attested from 1881, American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for twister

twister

noun

  1. A tornado (1897+)
  2. A key (1930s+ Jive talk)
  3. A spree; bender: their periods of sobriety between twisters (1940s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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