contortionist

[ kuhn-tawr-shuh-nist ]
/ kənˈtɔr ʃə nɪst /

noun

a person who performs gymnastic feats involving contorted postures.
a person who practices contortion: a verbal contortionist.

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Origin of contortionist

First recorded in 1855–60; contortion + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM contortionist

con·tor·tion·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contortionist

contortionist
/ (kənˈtɔːʃənɪst) /

noun

a performer who contorts his body for the entertainment of others
a person who twists or warps meaning or thoughtsa verbal contortionist

Derived forms of contortionist

contortionistic, adjective
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