Etymology
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twister (n.)

late 15c., "one who spins thread," agent noun from twist (v.). Meaning "tornado" is attested from 1881, American English.

updated on February 21, 2014

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Definitions of twister from WordNet

twister (n.)
a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground;
Synonyms: tornado
twister (n.)
small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts;
Synonyms: cruller
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