[ kawrk-skroo ]
/ ˈkɔrkˌskru /


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.

Nearby words

  1. corkboard,
  2. corked,
  3. corker,
  4. corking,
  5. corkonian,
  6. corkscrew flower,
  7. corkscrew grass,
  8. corkwing,
  9. corkwood,
  10. corky

Origin of corkscrew

First recorded in 1805–15; cork + screw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corkscrew

British Dictionary definitions for corkscrew


/ (ˈkɔːkˌskruː) /


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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