- simple past tense and past participle of bend
bent (comparative benter or more bent, superlative bentest or most bent)
- (Of something that is usually straight) folded, dented
- (colloquial, chiefly Britain) corrupt, dishonest
- (derogatory, colloquial, chiefly Britain) Homosexual.
- Determined or insistent.
- (Of a person) leading a life of crime.
- (slang, soccer) inaccurately aimed
- (colloquial, chiefly US) Suffering from the bends
- (slang) High from both marijuana and alcohol.
bent (plural bents)
- An inclination or talent.
- A predisposition to act or react in a particular way.
- The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity.
- A declivity or slope, as of a hill.
- Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
- (carpentry) A transverse frame of a framed structure; a subunit of framing.
- Such a subunit as a component of a barn's framing, joined to other bents by girts and summer beams.
- Such a subunit as a reinforcement to, or integral part of, a bridge's framing.
- Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.
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)
- Any of various stiff or reedy grasses.
- A grassy area, grassland.
- The old dried stalks of grasses.