twister

[ twis-ter ]
/ ˈtwɪs tər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. twist someone's arm,
  2. twist tie,
  3. twisted,
  4. twisted hairs,
  5. twisted stomach worm,
  6. twisting,
  7. twistingly,
  8. twisty,
  9. twit,
  10. twitch

Origin of twister

1475–85; 1895–1900 for def 2; twist + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for twister

twister

/ (ˈtwɪstə) /

noun

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

twister

n.

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

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