noun, plural tor·sos, tor·si [tawr-see] /ˈtɔr si/.

the trunk of the human body.
a sculptured form representing the trunk of a nude female or male figure.
something mutilated or incomplete.

Nearby words

  1. torsion spasm,
  2. torsion-free group,
  3. torsional deformity,
  4. torsiversion,
  5. torsk,
  6. torso murder,
  7. torsoclusion,
  8. tort,
  9. tort-feasor,
  10. torte

Origin of torso

1715–25; < Italian: stalk, trunk of statue < Latin thyrsus < Greek thýrsos wand, stem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for torso


noun plural -sos or -si (-sɪ)

the trunk of the human body
a statue of a nude human trunk, esp without the head or limbs
something regarded as incomplete or truncated

Word Origin for torso

C18: from Italian: stalk, stump, from Latin: thyrsus

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Word Origin and History for torso



1797, from Italian torso "trunk of a statue," originally "stalk, stump," from Vulgar Latin *tursus, from Latin thyrsus "stalk, stem," from Greek thyrsos (see thyrsus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for torso



n. pl. tor•sos

The human body excluding the head and limbs; trunk.

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