verb (used with object), twined, twin·ing.

verb (used without object), twined, twin·ing.

to wind about something; twist itself in spirals (usually followed by about, around, etc.): Strangling vines twined about the tree.
to wind in a sinuous or meandering course.

Origin of twine

before 900; Middle English twine (noun), twinen (v.), Old English twīn (noun) literally, a double or twisted thread; cognate with Dutch twijn; akin to German Zwirn, Old Norse tvinni thread, twine; see twi-
Related formstwine·a·ble, adjectivetwin·er, noun
Can be confusedtwain twin twine



verb (used with or without object), twined, twin·ing. Scot.

to separate; part.
Also twin.

Origin of twine

1175–1225; late Middle English twinen, variant of earlier twinnen, derivative of twin twin1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twined

Historical Examples of twined

  • Above, below, the rose of snow, Twined with her blushing foe we spread.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • They were the younger sisters of the corn; they grew with the corn and twined about it.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • It was twined of Olympic olive leaves and Apollo's own laurel.

  • As Eric struggled with the sleeves of his coat, she twined her arms round his neck.

  • To tear out the weeds you would rend also the roots they twined among.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for twined



string made by twisting together fibres of hemp, cotton, etc
the act or an instance of twining
something produced or characterized by twining
a twist, coil, or convolution
a knot, tangle, or snarl


(tr) to twist together; interweaveshe twined the wicker to make a basket
(tr) to form by or as if by twiningto twine a garland
(when intr, often foll by around) to wind or cause to wind, esp in spiralsthe creeper twines around the tree
Derived Formstwiner, noun

Word Origin for twine

Old English twīn; related to Old Frisian twīne, Dutch twijn twine, Lithuanian dvynu twins; see twin
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Word Origin and History for twined



Old English twin "double thread," from Proto-Germanic *twizna- (cf. Dutch twijn, Low German twern, German zwirn "twine, thread"), from the same root as twin (q.v.). The verb meaning "to twist strands together to form twine" is recorded from late 13c.; sense of "to twist around something" (as twine does) is recorded from c.1300. Related: Twined; twining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper