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Definition bent

Etymology 1

From bend.



  1. simple past tense and past participle of bend

bent (comparative benter or more bent, superlative bentest or most bent)

  1. (Of something that is usually straight) folded, dented
  2. (colloquial, chiefly Britain) corrupt, dishonest
  3. (derogatory, colloquial, chiefly Britain) Homosexual.
  4. Determined or insistent.
  5. (Of a person) leading a life of crime.
  6. (slang, soccer) inaccurately aimed
  7. (colloquial, chiefly US) Suffering from the bends
  8. (slang) High from both marijuana and alcohol.

bent (plural bents)

  1. An inclination or talent.
  2. A predisposition to act or react in a particular way.
  3. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity.
  4. A declivity or slope, as of a hill.
  5. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
  6. (carpentry) A transverse frame of a framed structure; a subunit of framing.
    1. Such a subunit as a component of a barn's framing, joined to other bents by girts and summer beams.
    2. Such a subunit as a reinforcement to, or integral part of, a bridge's framing.
  7. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.

Etymology 2

From Middle English bent, benet, from Old English *beonet- (attested only in place-names and personal names), from Proto-Germanic *binutaz (“reed, rush”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Saxon binitin (“made of reeds”), Old High German binuz (modern German Binse (“rush, reed”)).


bent (countable and uncountable, plural bents)

  1. Any of various stiff or reedy grasses.
  2. A grassy area, grassland.
  3. The old dried stalks of grasses.

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