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.
resembling a corkscrew; helical; spiral.
verb (used with or without object)
to move in a spiral or zigzag course.
Origin of corkscrew
First recorded in 1805–15; cork
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for corkscrewcoiled
Examples from the Web for corkscrew
Historical Examples of corkscrew
I always carry a corkscrew, and I never forget to kiss the landlady.'
At last I heard him revolving on his axis down the corkscrew staircase.
Not even a corkscrew imitation of smoke issuing from the roof was forgotten.
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
a device for drawing corks from bottles, typically consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle or screw mechanism
boxing slang a blow that ends with a twist of the fist, esp one intended to cut the opponent
(modifier) resembling a corkscrew in shape
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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