: twisted out of a natural or normal shape
a warped board
Before polishing began, warped panels were straightened and stripes of new wood added to compensate for shrinkage …Helen Dudar
He was told he had a warped cornea due to surgery that had been performed years before.B. J. Pollock
: eccentrically weird or strange
a warped sense of humor
: disturbingly abnormal or distorted
At his office one afternoon, he told me that he blames warped values for the drop in international-news coverage …Ken Auletta
Is it a country of great natural resources and human talent, caught in the grip of a warped dictator?Thomas L. Friedman
"He took an oath as a Klansman, and he has this really warped, romantic notion of a sacred vow he can never violate."John Grisham

Examples of warped in a Sentence

tired of his sick jokes and warped sense of humor
Recent Examples on the Web The show is a saga not about simmering teenage blood lust or the freaky, warped horrors of girldom, but rather about the natural contours of regrets, the bittersweetness of regarding one’s youthful passions. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 16 May 2024 This was evidenced by successful online misinformation and disinformation campaigns that targeted Latino communities and contributed to warped perceptions of the election and the COVID-19 pandemic. Tina Vasquez, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 The steel within the bridge was overheated and warped, Eucalitto added. Krystal Nurse, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 Duane Eddy, the pioneering guitarist who helped popularize twang—the reverberating electric sound that emits a warped and dusty tone—in rock’n’roll during the 1950s, has died, reports The Associated Press. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 2 May 2024 Instead, the Kremlin has been blaming a warped combination of Western prescience, and Ukrainian assistance. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 When he’s overwhelmed by the roar of noise in a train station, the sound and video footage get warped and woozy. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2024 Ten years ago, the agency overseeing the upkeep of the majestic New York State Capitol reported that the granite staircase leading to the main entrance was warped and bulging so badly that part of it might collapse at any moment. Jay Root, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Outside, potholes pocked the parking lot and deep splits formed in warped sidewalks. Becca Savransky, Idaho Statesman, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of warped was in the 15th century

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“Warped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warped. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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