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.’
    • ‘Now all that remains is a twisted burnt out shell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Forty minutes later the second tower crumbled in a hail of debris and the cry of twisted metal.’
    • ‘As we approached 15m, however, on the limit of visibility the faint, dark-blue outline of jagged and twisted metal appeared.’
    • ‘Three bodies were pulled out of the twisted wreckage of the hotel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the containers exploded, and the other one has buckled and twisted and there's just nothing left inside.’
    • ‘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.’
    perverted, warped, deviant, depraved, corrupt, abnormal, unhealthy, aberrant, distorted, corrupted, debauched, debased, degenerate, sadistic, evil, wicked
    View synonyms
    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.’
      • ‘At least seven strikers were reported to have suffered injuries; one with broken ribs and a twisted ankle was taken to hospital.’
      • ‘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.’
      injure, hurt, damage, impair
      View synonyms
  • 2(of a personality or a way of thinking) unpleasantly or unhealthily abnormal; warped.

    ‘a man with a twisted mind’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without clear lines of demarcation, people can come up with all types of twisted logic to rationalize their behavior.’
    • ‘Sarah advised me to seperate the two things to stop me from becoming too bitter and twisted.’
    • ‘Justine is a good girl, I think, but only in a twisted kind of way.’
    • ‘His father vanishes and his mother - an unnerving and twisted woman - is the only available witness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But they do not - in reality they speak only for their own twisted psychological state.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Perfectly capable of leading a normal, productive life, this particularly twisted murderer instead made a conscious decision to kill innocents in cold blood.’
    • ‘In the suburbs, sexual education takes place through porn videos - how can these boys not have a twisted image of women?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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
    View synonyms