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twister

[twis-ter] /ˈtwɪs tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that twists.
2.
Informal. a whirlwind or tornado.
3.
Chiefly British Informal. a deceitful, unscrupulous person.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; 1895-1900 for def 2; twist + -er1
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Examples for twister
  • While no state is immune to a twister's violent winds, there are places where they touch down more often.
  • The violent and deadly twister ripped through the downtown area, killing and injuring hundreds.
British Dictionary definitions for twister

twister

/ˈtwɪstə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a swindling or dishonest person
2.
a person or thing that twists, such as a device used in making ropes
3.
(US & Canadian) an informal name for tornado
4.
a ball moving with a twisting motion
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Word Origin and History for twister
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for twister

twister

noun
  1. A tornado (1897+)
  2. A key (1930s+ Jive talk)
  3. A spree; bender: their periods of sobriety between twisters (1940s+)
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