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  1. an instrument typically consisting of a metal spiral with a sharp point at one end and a transverse handle at the other, used for drawing corks from bottles.
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  1. resembling a corkscrew; helical; spiral.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to move in a spiral or zigzag course.
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Origin of corkscrew

First recorded in 1805–15; cork + screw
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Related Words for corkscrew

coiled, circling, fuzzy, wavy, kinky, crimp, wrinkle, rush, stream, swell, upsurge, rash, surge, tide, flood, outbreak, sign, crest, influx, movement

Examples from the Web for corkscrew

Historical Examples of corkscrew

  • I always carry a corkscrew, and I never forget to kiss the landlady.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • At last I heard him revolving on his axis down the corkscrew staircase.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Not even a corkscrew imitation of smoke issuing from the roof was forgotten.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • The snow snowed on, and now it fell in large, corkscrew flakes.

  • Sellers was to end with a sort of corkscrew performance on the stage.

British Dictionary definitions for corkscrew


  1. a device for drawing corks from bottles, typically consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle or screw mechanism
  2. boxing slang a blow that ends with a twist of the fist, esp one intended to cut the opponent
  3. (modifier) resembling a corkscrew in shape
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  1. to move or cause to move in a spiral or zigzag course
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Word Origin and History for corkscrew


1720, from cork (n.) + screw (n.). Given various figurative or extended senses from c.1815; the verb is attested from 1837.

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