• To turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force.
  • To join together by twining one part around another.
  • To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
  • To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
  • To wind into; to insinuate.
  • To turn a knob etc.
  • To distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating.
  • To form a twist (in any of the above noun meanings).
  • To injure (a body part) by bending it in the wrong direction.
  • To wind; to follow a bendy or wavy course; to have many bends.
  • To cause to rotate.
  • To dance the twist (a type of dance characterised by twisting one's hips).
  • To coax.
  • In the game of blackjack (pontoon or twenty-one), to be dealt another card.


  • From Middle English twist, from Old English *twist, in compounds (e.g. mæsttwist, candeltwist), from Proto-Germanic *twistaz, a derivative of *twi- (compare also twine, between, betwixt).
  • Related to Saterland Frisian Twist, Dutch twist, German Low German Twist, German Zwist, Swedish tvist, Icelandic tvistur.
  • The verb is from Middle English twisten. Compare Dutch twisten, Danish tviste ("to dispute"), Swedish tvista ("to argue; dispute").

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