verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of twist
Synonyms for twist
Examples from the Web for twisted
Contemporary Examples of twisted
The Daily Beast sat down with Burton to discuss Big Eyes and his beautiful, dark, twisted career.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
The money that drugs generate is their way to achieve the American Dream in a sort of twisted Scarface-type of fashion.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
Some of the comments on this very video actually demonstrate their point in a kind of twisted metastatement.YouTube Is F*cked Up For Women
The Daily Beast Video
December 4, 2014
It paralleled a much happier time when he carried her around after she twisted her ankle, back in Season 4.Exit Interview: The Walking Dead's Beth Tells All
December 1, 2014
Mixner almost died in February, after his lower intestine got twisted, leaving him with gangrene in his heart and lungs.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of twisted
For further assets, he possessed one eye and a twisted smile.A Night Out
He twisted himself around in the seat and sat looking at her.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Relieved of her burden, she rose and went to the poor, twisted foot.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The nose was but a gaping orifice above a deformed and twisted mouth.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
I've done it over fifty times, and twisted it every way I can think of.
- 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
"perverted, mentally strange," 1900, from twist (n.) in a sense of "mental peculiarity, perversion" first attested 1811.
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.