cork·​screw | \ ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü How to pronounce corkscrew (audio) \

Definition of corkscrew

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a device for drawing corks from bottles that has a pointed spiral piece of metal turned by a handle



Definition of corkscrew (Entry 2 of 3)

: resembling a corkscrew : spiral


corkscrewed; corkscrewing; corkscrews

Definition of corkscrew (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

2 : to draw out with difficulty
3 : to twist into a spiral

intransitive verb

: to move in a winding course

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Synonyms for corkscrew

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of corkscrew in a Sentence

Adjective an angelic child with beautiful corkscrew curls Verb practically every word had to be corkscrewed out of the tight-lipped witness the trail corkscrews through dense woods to the top of the steep hill
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, for the leisure traveler, one vital tool is lacking in almost every multi-tool on the market - a corkscrew. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The pilot turned the gliding airliner around in a giant, hideous corkscrew, banking hard and turning everyone sideways, before leveling out and picking up speed. Erika Hayasaki, Wired, 23 Feb. 2021 After taking off the foil, start by removing the corkscrew's sheath and slide it into the cork. Dana Rose Falcone,, 22 Feb. 2021 The corkscrew went into the soil like an ice pick through a hamburger. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, 24 Oct. 2020 In a corkscrew of purple smoke there is a flickering light, no bigger than a pinhole. Dave Eggers, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2020 After the waiter left, I got distracted by the corkscrew spire on Francesco Borromini’s crowning engineering feat, the church of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, which looms over the square. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 26 May 2020 Along with the rotational direction, the tightness of the corkscrew can also vary. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 17 May 2020 The out-of-nowhere corkscrew chapel of Thanks-Giving Square. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Later, passengers are inverted and dangling above the water in a corkscrew maneuver. Dewayne Bevil,, 9 June 2021 Seth Rollins hit a corkscrew frog splash that had to be seen to be believed. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 This sort of corkscrew, which was deemed the top choice a few years ago by Wirecutter, a product review site owned by The New York Times, is compact and inexpensive, $10 or $12 or so. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 The only equipment needed, advised Church, was a good corkscrew, general purpose wine glasses, and a wine rack. Carol Flynn,, 17 Dec. 2020 For instance, duck penises are infamous among biologists for their corkscrew anatomy and instantaneous deployment—all the better, alas, to rape female ducks with. Sam Kean, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 The corkscrew braid, as her hairstylist Kellon Deryck calls it, falls way below Megan's waist, reaching past her knees. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 23 Sep. 2020 Twist the felt into a corkscrew shape to complete the tail and attach with a small safety pin. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Made with handsome floral jade marble handles, this set has four pieces including a peg measure, bottle opener, strainer, and corkscrew. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Avery is a woman of color, with green eyes, corkscrew hair, light-brown skin, and a prominent nose. Ayana Mathis, The Atlantic, 11 May 2021 At the flick of another switch, the massive metal corkscrew started to turn. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2021 Also called spiral or corkscrew albuca because its leaves look like little green curlicues, this succulent resembles something out of a Dr. Seuss story book. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2021 In the first clip, Cox opens a large drawer that contains a wooden organizer with cutouts designed to fit all her kitchen utensils (like her can opener, potato peeler, and corkscrew). Alex Warner,, 18 Apr. 2021 After discarding the foil from the neck of the bottle, place the corkscrew atop the wine bottle with the lever in the upward position. Dana Rose Falcone,, 22 Feb. 2021 Horn shapes vary, though Struthoff noted the three most common on Texas longhorns are horns that point up at the ends like goalposts, simple lateral horns and corkscrew horns that have a twist. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Feb. 2021 The porch off the owner’s suite has corkscrew stairs to the 300-square-foot private deck. Globe Staff,, 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of corkscrew


1698, in the meaning defined above


1790, in the meaning defined above


1837, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of corkscrew was in 1698

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“Corkscrew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of corkscrew

: a tool that is used to pull corks from bottles


cork·​screw | \ ˈkȯrk-ˌskrü How to pronounce corkscrew (audio) \

Kids Definition of corkscrew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pointed spiral piece of metal with a handle that is screwed into corks to pull them from bottles



Kids Definition of corkscrew (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a spiral shape

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