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bent

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[ bent ]
/ bɛnt /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of bent

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First recorded in 1525–35; originally past participle of bend1

Definition for bent (2 of 2)

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[ bent ]
/ bɛnt /

noun

a stalk of bent grass.
Scot., North England. (formerly) any stiff grass or sedge.
British Dialect. a moor; heath; tract of uncultivated, grassy land, used as a pasture or hunting preserve.

Origin of bent

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; earlier benet-, bunet- (in compounds), Old English beonet-, beonot- (in placenames); cognate with Old High German binuz (compare German Binse ) “the rush plant”
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British Dictionary definitions for bent (1 of 2)

bent1
/ (bɛnt) /

adjective

not straight; curved
(foll by on) fixed (on a course of action); resolved (to); determined (to)
slang
  1. dishonest; corrupt
  2. (of goods) stolen
  3. crazy; mad
  4. British offensive homosexual

noun

personal inclination, propensity, or aptitude
capacity of endurance (esp in the phrase to the top of one's bent)
civil engineering a framework placed across a structure to stiffen it

British Dictionary definitions for bent (2 of 2)

bent2
/ (bɛnt) /

noun

short for bent grass
a stalk of bent grass
archaic any stiff grass or sedge
Scot and Northern English dialect heath or moorland

Word Origin for bent

Old English bionot; related to Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz rush
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