[ twahyn ]
/ twaɪn /


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.

Nearby words

  1. twin-size,
  2. twin-tub,
  3. twin-twin transfusion,
  4. twinberry,
  5. twinborn,
  6. twinflower,
  7. twinge,
  8. twining,
  9. twinjet,
  10. twink

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for twiner


/ (twaɪn) /



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 twiner



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.

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