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bent1

[bent] /bɛnt/
adjective
1.
curved; crooked:
a bent bow; a bent stick.
2.
determined; set; resolved (usually followed by on):
to be bent on buying a new car.
3.
Chiefly British Slang.
  1. morally crooked; corrupt.
  2. stolen:
    bent merchandise.
  3. homosexual.
noun
4.
direction taken, as by one's interests; inclination:
a bent for painting.
5.
capacity of endurance:
to work at the top of one's bent.
6.
Civil Engineering. a transverse frame, as of a bridge or an aqueduct, designed to support either vertical or horizontal loads.
7.
Archaic. bent state or form; curvature.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; orig. past participle of bend1
Synonyms
1. bowed, flexed. 2. fixed. 4. tendency, propensity, proclivity, predilection, penchant, partiality, leaning, bias.
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British Dictionary definitions for bent on

bent1

/bɛnt/
adjective
1.
not straight; curved
2.
(foll by on) fixed (on a course of action); resolved (to); determined (to)
3.
(slang)
  1. dishonest; corrupt
  2. (of goods) stolen
  3. crazy; mad
  4. (Brit, offensive) homosexual
noun
4.
personal inclination, propensity, or aptitude
5.
capacity of endurance (esp in the phrase to the top of one's bent)
6.
(civil engineering) a framework placed across a structure to stiffen it

bent2

/bɛnt/
noun
1.
short for bent grass
2.
a stalk of bent grass
3.
(archaic) any stiff grass or sedge
4.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) heath or moorland
Word Origin
Old English bionot; related to Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz rush
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Word Origin and History for bent on

bent

n.

"mental inclination," 1570s, probably from earlier literal sense "condition of being deflected or turned" (1530s), from bent (adj.) "not straight" (q.v.).

"stiff grass," Old English beonet, from West Germanic *binut- "rush, marsh grass" (cf. Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz, German Binse "rush, reed"), of unknown origin. An obsolete word, but surviving in place names (cf. Bentley, from Old English Beonet-leah; Bentham).

adj.

"not straight," late 14c. (earlier ibent, c.1300, from past participle of bend (v.). Meaning "turned or inclined in some direction" is from 1530s, probably as a translation of Latin inclinatio. Meaning "directed in a course" is from 1690s. Figurative phrase bent out of shape "extremely upset" is 1960s U.S. Air Force and college student slang.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bent on

bent

adjective
  1. Intoxicated, either from alcohol or narcotics (1830s+)
  2. Having very little money: I'm not quite broke, but quite bent (1940s+)
  3. Eccentric; odd; cracked, wacky (1940s+)
  4. Homosexual (1930+)
  5. Sexually aberrant; kinky: Charley got bent bad over women. He was kinky when it came to ladies (1930+)
  6. Dishonest; shady; crooked: look a little bent, look like you were up for a little whoremongering and black-marketing and smuggling (1900s+)
  7. Stolen, said esp of a car (1900s+ Underworld)
  8. Angry; upset; bent out of shape (1970s+ Air Force)

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Idioms and Phrases with bent on

bent on

Also, bent upon. Determined, resolved, as in Jamie is bent on winning the math prize. This phrase, first recorded in 1762, always uses the past participle of the verb bend in the sense of “tend toward.”
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