- morally crooked; corrupt.
- stolen: bent merchandise.
- benoît de sainte-maure,
- benson's disease,
- bent grass,
- bent on,
- bent out of shape,
- bentham, jeremy
Origin of bent1
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
Examples from the Web for bent
One detainee was bent over for a rectal feeding that involved Ensure, the protein shake.
But Flagg, too, comes apart in his machinations, bent ever more fully on political domination.
Eric Garner was bent over, wrestled down, spread out, and squeezed until he popped.
“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|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He drew back a little, first checking to see if the guard was watching, then he bent down and looked into the jar.The Egyptian Cat Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
She bent down her head and laid her lips on his hand that was in hers.The Garden Of Allah|Robert Hichens
He bent his head down to the delicate little face at his side, and his tones were changed.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto|Israel Zangwill
The visitor called early in the morning of the following day, and found Addie bent over her washtubs in the back yard.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
Each of these was, then, bent on constructing a science out of a simple fact.The Works of Honor de Balzac|Honor de Balzac
- 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.