Origin of twisting
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of twist
Synonyms for twist
Related Words for twistingscrew, swivel, spiral, contort, wriggle, wiggle, wrench, twirl, wrap, coil, sprain, weave, distort, encircle, twine, squirm, zigzag, writhe, warp, turn
Examples from the Web for twisting
Contemporary Examples of twisting
Here, only the twisting grey concrete under his tires disturbed the desolate wild.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
The book becomes so dramatic and twisting, the ending—how she ends it--is key.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance
September 30, 2014
Then a larger-scale map revealed a twisting, narrow road up to the Col de Lizarrieta, at around 1,300 feet.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
Titanic sat in the rear of the room, twisting his fingers nervously, till he was called.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
Don't think it's an easy trip, the twisting mountain passes inevitably slow you down.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
Historical Examples of twisting
She stood looking down, twisting her ring around her finger.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And so he did, twisting it up and setting it to the flame of the candle.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
She had one end of the shawl between her fingers and was twisting it aimlessly.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Especially when he trips you, the minister's son, up, about twisting the Bible.
"I—I won't do it again," she faltered, twisting her hands together.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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.