- morally crooked; corrupt.
- stolen: bent merchandise.
Origin of bent1
Synonyms for bent
Origin of bent2
verb (used with object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.
verb (used without object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.
- thick planking immediately below the waterways of a wooden vessel.
- the wales of a vessel.
Origin of bend1
Synonyms for bend
Related Words for bentbowed, looped, rounded, arched, crooked, hooked, inclined, stooped, twisted, drooping, limp, round, arced, angled, wilted, contorted, hunched, warped, twined, slumped
Examples from the Web for bent
Contemporary Examples of bent
One detainee was bent over for a rectal feeding that involved Ensure, the protein shake.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
But Flagg, too, comes apart in his machinations, bent ever more fully on political domination.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
Eric Garner was bent over, wrestled down, spread out, and squeezed until he popped.The Day I Used Eric Garner’s Voice
December 5, 2014
“I was just like bent over, and he was saying all kinds of dirty stuff,” she said.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
He bent the truth throughout his life to ensure that he was known as the man who had invented the lie detector test.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of bent
But as Philothea bent over him, she perceived a faint pulsation of the heart.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This business attended to, Robert bent his steps to Mr. Paine's office.
The two bent their steps to the shore, and looked out to sea.
How pale and eager their faces looked as they bent above him!Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Austin rose and bent over Katherine's chair in some concern.Viviette
William J. Locke
- dishonest; corrupt
- (of goods) stolen
- crazy; mad
- British offensivehomosexual
Word Origin for bent
verb bends, bending or bent
Word Origin for bend
Word Origin for bend
"mental inclination," 1570s, probably from earlier literal sense "condition of being deflected or turned" (1530s), from bent (adj.) "not straight" (q.v.).
"stiff grass," Old English beonet, from West Germanic *binut- "rush, marsh grass" (cf. Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz, German Binse "rush, reed"), of unknown origin. An obsolete word, but surviving in place names (cf. Bentley, from Old English Beonet-leah; Bentham).
"not straight," late 14c. (earlier ibent, c.1300, from past participle of bend (v.). Meaning "turned or inclined in some direction" is from 1530s, probably as a translation of Latin inclinatio. Meaning "directed in a course" is from 1690s. Figurative phrase bent out of shape "extremely upset" is 1960s U.S. Air Force and college student slang.
Old English bendan "to bend a bow; confine with a string, fetter," causative of bindan "to bind," from Proto-Germanic base *band- "string, band" (cf. Old Norse benda "to join, strain, strive, bend"), from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (cf. Gothic bindan, Old High German bintan, Sanskrit badhnati "binds," Lithuanian bendras "partner;" Old Persian bandaka- "subject").
"a bending or curving," 1590s; "thing of bent shape," c.1600, from bend (v.). Earlier "act of drawing a bow" (mid-15c.). The bends "decompression pain" first attested 1894.
"broad diagonal band in a coat-of-arms, etc.," c.1400, from earlier sense of "thin, flat strap for wrapping round," from Old English bend "fetter, shackle, chain," from PIE *bhendh- (see bend (v.)).
In addition to the idioms beginning with bend
- bend one's elbow
- bend over backwards
- bend someone's ear
- around the bend
- crook (bend) one's elbow
- on bended knee
Also see underbent.