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

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

Examples of contortionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant will serve a five-course tasting menu for $165 while diners are entertained by burlesque dancers, a juggler, fire eater, contortionist and others. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City Restaurants Limp Their Way Out of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 In real life, Hödlmoser — who goes by they/them pronouns — is a contortionist and can bend their body in all sorts of different ways. Rachel Paige,, "The Boys’ Newest Supe Got A Sweet Golden Girls Walk-Off, But Who The Heck Is Cindy?," 27 Sep. 2020 The five acts with the fewest votes – Bello & Annaliese Nock (daredevil duo); Michael Yo (comedian); Frenchie Babyy (contortionist); Pork Chop Revue (pig act); and Simon & Maria (salsa duo) – were eliminated. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'AGT': Kodi Lee returns during tough live results show. Here's who advanced to semifinals," 13 Aug. 2020 Wally Hickel, dancer and contortionist Miss Wiggles along with her daughter Twiggles, and John Bagoy himself, next to his parents. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "From Wally Hickel to Miss Wiggles, the storied history of Anchorage’s first cemetery," 22 June 2020 One of the acts highlighted this week is Frenchie Babyy, a hip-hop dancer and contortionist from California who evidently makes the judges’ eyes pop. Staff, al, "‘America’s Got Talent’ season 15, episode 2 | How to watch, TV channel, time, live stream," 1 June 2020 This year features singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, magicians, ventriloquists and other hopefuls competing for a $1 million prize. oregonlive, "America’s Got Talent: Season 15, Episode 3 time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online (6/9/2020)," 9 June 2020 Reuse of disposable mesh gowns that cover Ms. Gundlach’s uniform requires the skills of a contortionist. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "A Nurse’s New Reality: Recycling Masks, Wiggling Out of Gowns, Calming Fears," 24 Mar. 2020 The ThermoPop provides fast, accurate readings, and the display can be rotated 360 degrees with the click of a button, so your guy doesn't have to be a contortionist in order to read the temperature of his meat. Anna Heyman, USA TODAY, "The 20 best Christmas gifts for dads and husbands," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of contortionist

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Contortionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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: a performer who twists his or her body into unusual positions

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