bent

1
[ bent ]
/ bɛnt /
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adjective

curved; crooked: a bent bow; a bent stick.
determined; set; resolved (usually followed by on): to be bent on buying a new car.
Chiefly British Slang.
  1. morally crooked; corrupt.
  2. stolen: bent merchandise.
  3. homosexual.

noun

Origin of bent

1
First recorded in 1525–35; orig. past participle of bend1

Definition for bent (2 of 3)

bent

2
[ 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

2
1300–50; Middle English; earlier benet-, bunet- (in compounds), Old English beonet-, beonot- (in place names); cognate with Old High German binuz (compare German Binse) rush

Definition for bent (3 of 3)

bend

1
[ bend ]
/ bɛnd /

verb (used with object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.


verb (used without object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.

noun

Origin of bend

1
before 1000; Middle English benden (v.) Old English bendan to bind, bend (a bow); cognate with Middle High German benden, Old Norse benda; akin to Old Norse band band. See band3

Related forms

bend·a·ble, adjectivenon·bend·ing, adjectivere·bend·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

10. Bend, bow, stoop imply taking a bent posture. Bend and bow are used of the head and upper body; stoop is used of the body only.
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British Dictionary definitions for bent (1 of 4)

bent

1
/ (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 4)

bent

2
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for bent (3 of 4)

bend

1
/ (bɛnd) /

verb bends, bending or bent


noun

See also bends

Derived Forms

bendable, adjective

Word Origin for bend

Old English bendan; related to Old Norse benda, Middle High German benden; see bind, band ³

British Dictionary definitions for bent (4 of 4)

bend

2
/ (bɛnd) /

noun

heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal line traversing a shield

Word Origin for bend

Old English bend band ²; see bend 1
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Medicine definitions for bent

bend

[ bĕnd ]

v.

To incline the body; stoop.

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Idioms and Phrases with bent

bend

In addition to the idioms beginning with bend

  • bend one's elbow
  • bend over backwards
  • bend someone's ear

also see:

  • around the bend
  • crook (bend) one's elbow
  • on bended knee

Also see underbent.


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