Definition of twisted in US English:



  • 1Forced out of its natural or proper shape; crumpled.

    ‘the crash left a trail of twisted metal across the highway’
    • ‘The car was a wreck of twisted metal, but they could see the driver, still inside, trying to extricate himself from his situation.’
    • ‘The car that housed the bomb had been reduced to a twisted heap of steel.’
    • ‘The mobile phone system collapsed under the strain amid universal imaginings of loved ones trapped under twisted trains.’
    • ‘There's hardly a shop whose windows, iron shutters, and fittings are not a twisted mass of wreckage.’
    • ‘One of the containers exploded, and the other one has buckled and twisted and there's just nothing left inside.’
    • ‘A U.S. Navy diver, working in the 26-year-old battleship USS Arizona, hands up a piece of twisted machinery reclaimed from the interior of the ship.’
    • ‘In many districts, the only things still standing after the December 26 quake were the palm and eucalyptus trees, incongruously sprouting amid the piles of bricks and twisted metal.’
    • ‘Giant lighting rigs have now been set up to help those sifting through the rubble, but amongst the twisted metal of the bombed carriages many are still using torchlight.’
    • ‘Three bodies were pulled out of the twisted wreckage of the hotel.’
    • ‘Forty minutes later the second tower crumbled in a hail of debris and the cry of twisted metal.’
    • ‘But when the fete organisers and Guides arrived on site the following morning, they discovered the twisted metal frame and burnt remains of the canvas.’
    • ‘As we approached 15m, however, on the limit of visibility the faint, dark-blue outline of jagged and twisted metal appeared.’
    • ‘Now all that remains is a twisted burnt out shell.’
    perverted, warped, deviant, depraved, corrupt, abnormal, unhealthy, aberrant, distorted, corrupted, debauched, debased, degenerate, sadistic, evil, wicked
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    1. 1.1 (of a joint) injured by wrenching; sprained.
      ‘suffering a twisted ankle, he was carried from the field’
      • ‘The school nurse offers children injections of vital immunizations, helps heal headaches, stomachaches and twisted ankles, and handles the occasional attempt to ditch class.’
      • ‘However after several twisted ankles many young lads abandoned their pleas.’
      • ‘The multi-talented Pretoria athlete, competing as a leg amputee was trying to recover from a twisted ankle to his good leg during Sunday's competition.’
      • ‘At least seven strikers were reported to have suffered injuries; one with broken ribs and a twisted ankle was taken to hospital.’
      injure, hurt, damage, impair
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  • 2(of a personality or a way of thinking) unpleasantly or unhealthily abnormal; warped.

    ‘a man with a twisted mind’
    • ‘In the suburbs, sexual education takes place through porn videos - how can these boys not have a twisted image of women?’
    • ‘Sarah advised me to seperate the two things to stop me from becoming too bitter and twisted.’
    • ‘I cannot accept that; it is an incredibly twisted argument to make.’
    • ‘The central character is a corrupt, twisted figure, a man of God turned to evil by greed.’
    • ‘Blind faith in Scotland is now the province of the very few, and seems instead to be dissolving into a sort of twisted cynicism about the national team.’
    • ‘Without clear lines of demarcation, people can come up with all types of twisted logic to rationalize their behavior.’
    • ‘But they do not - in reality they speak only for their own twisted psychological state.’
    • ‘He was a bi-polar twisted mess of a man.’
    • ‘Some might say it is a very twisted mind - but I am sure the public will decide.’
    • ‘But where the earlier film reveled in its uniquely twisted sense of logic, this one is a bit of a mess, albeit an endearing one.’
    • ‘Okay, so she admits it's a little twisted, but what really good sexual fantasy isn't?’
    • ‘Viewers should prepare themselves for a totally unexpected ending that will leave some outraged, but will be found funny by fans familiar with the director's twisted sense of humor.’
    • ‘His father vanishes and his mother - an unnerving and twisted woman - is the only available witness.’
    • ‘I don't know what sense of twisted optimism makes me continue to use the service - somehow it's the only real option, you know?’
    • ‘Justine is a good girl, I think, but only in a twisted kind of way.’
    • ‘Perfectly capable of leading a normal, productive life, this particularly twisted murderer instead made a conscious decision to kill innocents in cold blood.’
    • ‘The ambitions, the hopes, the dreams, every twisted, bizarre, seemingly abnormal thought I ever had melts in the glare of commonness.’
    unwholesome, undesirable, morbid, macabre, ghoulish, warped, depraved, abnormal, unnatural
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