- a person who performs gymnastic feats involving contorted postures.
- a person who practices contortion: a verbal contortionist.
Origin of contortionist
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Examples from the Web for contortionist
Inside the “Love” window Elphresh the contortionist elf dances in from of a gold boom-box and 9-foot chrome mushrooms.The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows
November 24, 2014
For there, standing in the center of the room was the Contortionist, "limbering up."Continuous Vaudeville
Will M. Cressy
It is not necessary to be a contortionist, nor will it answer to be an ossified freak.Riding and Driving
Edward L. Anderson
In addition to my training as contortionist I was being trained as gymnast.The Autobiography of a Clown
Isaac Frederick Marcosson
This stranger was a contortionist, there could be no question about that now.
He hoped that, by this time, they had succeeded in shaking the contortionist off their trail.
- a performer who contorts his body for the entertainment of others
- a person who twists or warps meaning or thoughtsa verbal contortionist
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Word Origin and History for contortionist
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