Origin of contortfrom Classical Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere, to whirl, twist from com-, together + torquere, to twist: see tort
When you taste something very sour and you twist your face up in an odd expression to show your displeasure, this is an example of a time when you contort your face.
verbcon·tort·ed, con·tort·ing, con·torts
- To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape: fingers contorted by arthritis. See Synonyms at distort.
- To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate: The leaders of the movement contorted their own principles in trying to get what they wanted.
Origin of contortLatin contorquēre contort- to twist com- intensive pref. ; see com- . torquēre to twist ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present contorts, present participle contorting, simple past and past participle contorted)
con- + -tort, from Middle English, from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere, from com- + torqueō (“twist, turn”).
- You don't need to contort your family members into human pretzels in order to score a decent group shot.
- Don't be afraid to move around and contort your body capture the best angle.
- Children liked playing with Stretch because they could contort him into just about any type of position that they could imagine.
- Anyone can strike a pose, but it takes a certain skill to contort your body into a figure that is flattering and photographs well.