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[twis-ter] /ˈtwɪs tər/
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We're out of the path of the worst of the 'twister,' but it's best to take no chances.

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

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Curry sent a twister over second that Mullen could not get under.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • A second later a "twister" from the hills hit us, and adroitly he headed her into it.

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

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for twister


(Brit) a swindling or dishonest person
a person or thing that twists, such as a device used in making ropes
(US & Canadian) an informal name for tornado
a ball moving with a twisting motion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for twister

twist someone's arm

verb phrase

To induce or persuade someone very strongly; importune someone powerfully, as if by physical force: You grab this opportunity to twist my arm (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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