twist·​ed ˈtwi-stəd How to pronounce twisted (audio)
: mentally or emotionally unsound or disturbed : sick
a cruel, twisted mind
And you know there will be some strange and twisted bitter man who will listen to all our messages.Cynthia Heimel

Examples of twisted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With Hawley writing the first five episodes and co-writing the sixth, this is vintage linguistic Fargo, all twisted syntax, antiquated vernacular and digressions into allegory, folklore and history. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Depending on guests’ fancy, meals can be served surrounded by twisted vines of juicy tomatoes in the spiral produce garden or in a picnic basket to unpack on the banks of the ponds. Chrissie McClatchie, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2023 Like twisted forms of fireworks, Buck and his regime watch as smoke, bullets and flashes from impact light up the night sky. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 The wall of the stairwell had been partially destroyed, forcing Israeli soldiers to duck beneath a twisted iron beam. Raf Sanchez, NBC News, 6 Nov. 2023 Under the school’s exalted stone and spires are students lying and envying and pretending in a twisted garden of earthly delights. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2023 Art installations—ranging from a single parking metre to the Big Rig Jig—a sculpture made from two twisted 18 wheelers—are spread out over five square miles. Hazlitt, 1 Nov. 2023 Once lined with sleek hotels, nightclubs and seaside restaurants selling fish, the road was now nearly unrecognizable: strewn with glass, twisted metal and other debris. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Then there was the awfulness of visiting a Nevada town, the hideous, twisted faces of the people, the heat bearing down, the sky a burning chromium white, every interaction a kind of torture. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of twisted was circa 1890

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“Twisted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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