a person or thing that twists.
Informal. a whirlwind or tornado.
Chiefly British Informal. a deceitful, unscrupulous person.

Origin of twister

1475–85; 1895–1900 for def 2; twist + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for twister

tornado, cyclone, whirlwind, typhoon

Examples from the Web for twister

Contemporary Examples of twister

Historical Examples of twister

  • You're right, though,' says he, and with that he tries to put a twister on Diablo's nose.


    W. A. Fraser

  • "I can tell he's going to be a twister," warned Cousin Egbert.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • We're out of the path of the worst of the 'twister,' but it's best to take no chances.

  • A second later a "twister" from the hills hit us, and adroitly he headed her into it.

    Frenzied Finance

    Thomas W. Lawson

  • The last summer month brings to the Cape the August twister and the August tide.

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for twister



British a swindling or dishonest person
a person or thing that twists, such as a device used in making ropes
US and Canadian an informal name for tornado
a ball moving with a twisting motion
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Word Origin and History for twister

1570s, "one who spins thread," agent noun from twist (v.). Meaning "tornado" is attested from 1881, American English.

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