noun Date: 1859 one who contorts; specifically an acrobat able to twist the body into unusual postures • contortionistic adjective

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  • Contortionist — Con*tor tion*ist (k[o^]n*t[^o] sh[u^]n*[i^]st), n. One who makes or practices contortions; especially, a gymnast who is able to twist the limbs into positions impossible for normal people to achieve. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contortionist — 1841, from CONTORTION (Cf. contortion) + IST (Cf. ist) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contortionist — ► NOUN ▪ an entertainer who twists and bends their body into strange and unnatural positions …   English terms dictionary

  • contortionist — [kən tôr′shənist] n. a person, as a circus acrobat, who can contort his or her body into unnatural positions …   English World dictionary

  • contortionist — UK [kənˈtɔː(r)ʃ(ə)nɪst] / US [kənˈtɔrʃ(ə)nɪst] noun [countable] Word forms contortionist : singular contortionist plural contortionists someone who twists their body into unusual shapes or positions as a way of entertaining people …   English dictionary

  • contortionist — contortionistic, adj. /keuhn tawr sheuh nist/, n. 1. a person who performs gymnastic feats involving contorted postures. 2. a person who practices contortion: a verbal contortionist. [1855 60; CONTORTION + IST] * * * …   Universalium

  • contortionist — [[t]kəntɔ͟ː(r)ʃənɪst[/t]] contortionists N COUNT A contortionist is someone who twists their body into strange and unnatural shapes and positions in order to entertain other people, for example in a circus …   English dictionary

  • contortionist — /kənˈtɔʃənəst / (say kuhn tawshuhnuhst) noun 1. someone who performs gymnastic feats involving contorted postures. 2. someone who practises contortion: a verbal contortionist …   Australian English dictionary

  • Contortionist — Kontorsionistin Der Begriff Kontorsion (lat. „contortio“ = Drehung, Windung) beschreibt eine Form von Akrobatik Vorführungen, bei welcher der Artist seinen Körper in Positionen verbiegt, die für die meisten Menschen unerreichbar scheinen.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • contortionist — noun An acrobat who is capable of twisting his or her body into unusual positions …   Wiktionary

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