verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of twist
Synonyms for twist
Related Words for twistcurve, flourish, surprise, revelation, slant, variation, quirk, screw, swivel, spiral, contort, wriggle, wiggle, wrench, twirl, wrap, coil, sprain, weave, distort
Examples from the Web for twist
Contemporary Examples of twist
This is a twist on a classic American pot pie but dressed up for company.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
I learned some things I can't unlearn: human kneecaps look like rocks; bones when burnt, shrink and twist.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
This year has a twist: several kids quickly forgive their parents for their alleged misdeeds, making for some adorable scenes.Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Kids (Again), Taylor Swift’s 1989 Aerobics, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 9, 2014
In a twist, the course of the campaign revealed that when Cassidy was a Democrat in the early 2000s, he donated $500 to Landrieu.Mary Landrieu-Bill Cassidy Louisiana Senate Race Heads to a Runoff
November 5, 2014
“Ted Cruz, Team Player” is a twist few saw coming from the freshman who has made too many enemies to count in Washington.Ted Cruz Quits Screwing With the GOP
October 16, 2014
Historical Examples of twist
The other man had risen, his face purple from the twist at his throat.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The enamels were made of twist, the metals of gold and silver thread.The Dream
“Far from it,” confessed the other, with a reluctance which seemed to twist his mouth dolorously.The Secret Agent
A pack can twist you as suddenly and expertly on your back as the best of wrestlers.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
There was a ringing in our ears and Uncle Pete began to twist.Goodbye, Dead Man!
Tom W. Harris
- a cigar made by twisting three cigars around one another
- chewing tobacco made in the form of a roll by twisting the leaves together
Word Origin for twist
mid-14c., "flat part of a hinge," probably from Old English -twist (in mæsttwist "mast rope, stay;" candeltwist "wick"), from Proto-Germanic *twis-, from root of two. Original senses suggest "dividing in two" (cf. cognate Old Norse tvistra "to divide, separate," Gothic twis- "in two, asunder," Dutch twist, German zwist "quarrel, discord," though these senes have no equivalent in English), but later ones are of "combining two into one," hence the original sense of the word may be "rope made of two strands."
Meaning "thread or cord composed of two or more fibers" is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "act or action of turning on an axis" is attested from 1570s. Sense of "beverage consisting of two or more liquors" is first attested c.1700. Meaning "thick cord of tobacco" is from 1791. Meaning "curled piece of lemon, etc., used to flavor a drink" is recorded from 1958. Sense of "unexpected plot development" is from 1941.
The popular rock 'n' roll dance craze is from 1961, but twist was used to describe popular dances in 1894 and again in the 1920s. To get one's knickers in a twist "be unduly agitated" is British slang first attested 1971.
early 14c. (implied in past tense form twaste), "to wring," from the source of twist (n.). Sense of "to spin two or more strands of yarn into thread" is attested from late 15c. Meaning "to move in a winding fashion" is recorded from 1630s. To twist the lion's tail was U.S. slang (1895) for "to provoke British feeling." Related: Twisted; twisting.