[ kuh n-tawr-tid ]
/ kənˈtɔr tɪd /


twisted in a violent manner; distorted.
twisted back on itself; convoluted.

Origin of contorted

First recorded in 1615–25; contort + -ed2
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Definition for contorted (2 of 2)


[ kuh n-tawrt ]
/ kənˈtɔrt /

verb (used with object)

to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort.

verb (used without object)

to become twisted, distorted, or strained: His face contorted into a grotesque sneer.

Origin of contort

1555–65; < Latin contortus twisted together, past participle of contorquēre. See con-, tort Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contorted

British Dictionary definitions for contorted (1 of 2)


/ (kənˈtɔːtɪd) /


twisted out of shape
(esp of petals and sepals in a bud) twisted so that they overlap on one side

Derived Formscontortedly, adverbcontortedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for contorted (2 of 2)


/ (kənˈtɔːt) /


to twist or bend severely out of place or shape, esp in a strained manner

Derived Formscontortive, adjective

Word Origin for contort

C15: from Latin contortus intricate, obscure, from contorquēre to whirl around, from torquēre to twist, wrench
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