time warp


: an anomaly, discontinuity, or suspension held to occur in the progress of time
time-warp adjective
or time-warped

Examples of time warp in a Sentence

Walking into the castle was like entering a time warp.
Recent Examples on the Web The rapper did a total time warp to the glory days of Y2K with her adorable new stick-on butterfly tattoos, and now both my 12-year-old self and my 30-something self want a set. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 6 Mar. 2024 The time warp also has fed into lingering feelings of anti-socialness from when Navajo and Hopi shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. Terry Tang, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2024 Corruption and the legacy of dictatorship have kept it in a time warp of cobbled streets, moldering mansions and the odd horse-and-cart. Laurence Blair, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Call it the Trump time warp — where so much of the current discussion surrounding Trump seems straight out of 2016, 2018 or 2020. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 14 Feb. 2024 Directed by Curtis Wayne Millard, the video is an Eighties time warp, full of grainy VHS effects, bright neon, and more than a few references to Teen Wolf (the 1985 Michael J. Fox O.G.). Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 10 Jan. 2024 The video — co-directed by Rogers and Jared Frieder and premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone — finds Rogers and Gavin stuck in a time warp of bad romances where exes are interchangeable and all distinguishing characteristics and proclivities lost in a sea of booze. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2023 A bit of a time warp that offers a glimpse into the unknown. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2023 Chinese food in Taiwan hasn’t evolved with the decades, as if stuck in a time warp. Eddie Lin, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of time warp was in 1954

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Cite this Entry

“Time warp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20warp. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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