Meaning of “contortionist” in the English Dictionary

English

"contortionist" in English

See all translations

contortionistnoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈtɔː.ʃən.ɪst/ us /kənˈtɔːr.ʃən.ɪst/

Examples from literature

  • He had narrow eyes, shrewd and calculating and the sinuous motions of a contortionist. 
  • He was exceedingly slim and limber and had learned many of the tricks of the contortionist. 
  • His body proved as supple as a professional contortionist. 
  • I'm also a bit of a gymnast and sufficient of a contortionist to do eccentric dancing. 
  • Like a deer he ran around the rough rim, and I had to perform with the agility of a contortionist to avoid dead snags of trees and green branches. 

(Definition of “contortionist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)