con·​tor·​tion·​ist | \ kən-ˈtȯr-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce contortionist (audio) \

Definition of contortionist

: one who contorts specifically : an acrobat able to twist the body into unusual postures

Other Words from contortionist

contortionistic \ kən-​ˌtȯr-​shə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce contortionist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of contortionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joining her husband, Jeff Goldblum, in Hollywood, Livingston has put forth her contortionist and gymnast skills to a number of projects across television, film, and music. Skyler Caruso,, 8 June 2022 Cortes is a contortionist who thrives on disruption, an oddity among the creatures of habit that baseball breeds. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Hair dryer brushes are all the rage these days, owing to their simplicity, powerful motors, and ability to give you that trendy '90s blowout, minus curlers or contortionist skills. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 10 Feb. 2022 The artist’s subjects include a squatting woman who’s gutting a fish and another who’s bent into an impossible contortionist’s pose. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 On one wall is a Diane Arbus photograph of a contortionist standing in a room lit by a dangling bulb. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Hunter, a highlight of several seriously magical Complicité stage productions, brings a dazzling contortionist’s range of physicality to bear along with her uniquely penetrating vocal quality. Michael Phillips,, 23 Dec. 2021 Imagine the protein as a contortionist folding itself into a pretzel. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Wired, 10 Dec. 2021 Elsesser likens the experience to that of a contortionist. Marielle Elizabeth, Vogue, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of contortionist

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Contortionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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