contortionist

noun con·tor·tion·ist \ kən-ˈtȯr-sh(ə-)nist \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of contortionist

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

contortionistic

play \kən-ˌtȯr-shə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

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First Known Use of contortionist

1844


CONTORTIONIST Defined for English Language Learners

contortionist

noun

Definition of contortionist for English Language Learners

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


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