American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who contorts, especially an acrobat capable of twisting into extraordinary positions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who practises gymnastic feats requiring great suppleness of the joints and involving contorted or unnatural postures.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who makes or practices contortions a gymnast who is able to twist the limbs into positions impossible for normal people to achieve.
- n. an acrobat able to twist into unusual positions
- From contortion + -ist. (Wiktionary)
“What do you call a contortionist from the Philippines?”
“Personally, I think one of the worst examples is the 'contortionist' - my bike is actually too big for those lockers!”
“It's like every American's worst nightmare of what France must be like, a world in which a contortionist is their version of a superhero and people who sleep on the sidewalk are actually listened to as some sort of fountain of wisdom.”
“Miss Pedersen says he would therefore have had to be a 'contortionist' to have killed himself by slashing his left wrist, as Lord Hutton concluded in 2004.”
“That type of locker has been dubbed the 'contortionist' because it requires cyclists to lift their bikes up on to their rear wheels to fit them inside.”
“This first winter issue has interviews with vegan celebs such as contortionist Rubber Richie, medal-winning body builder Pete Ryan, and musician Debbie Leigh Driver, and features on vegan stars like Natalie Portman and Chris Martin.”
“My poor injured brain gets all twisted up like some circus contortionist even trying to imagine how this procedure would work.”
“The championship rivalry began in April 1959, when the Minneapolis Lakers, led by high-scoring, mid-air contortionist Elgin Baylor and veteran Vern Mikkelsen, rallied from a last- place season the year before to upset the favored St. Louis Hawks in the Western Conference Finals.”
“Not until I had gone through the acts of a contortionist, and shown the round coin sewed in, did I succeed in getting the Carter's help.”
“I'll tell you this: If I were a contortionist, I could figure out a way to get out of handcuffs, but I'm not, so.”
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