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(1)   Of metal e.g.
"Bent nails"
"A car with a crumpled front end"
"Dented fenders"
(2)   Used especially of the head or upper back
"A bent head and sloping shoulders"
(3)   Used of the back and knees; stooped
"On bended knee"
"With bent (or bended) back"
(4)   Fixed in your purpose
"Bent on going to the theater"
"Dead set against intervening"
"Out to win every event"
(5)   Altered from an originally straight condition
"A bent wire"


(6)   A special way of doing something
"He had a bent for it"
"He had a special knack for getting into trouble"
"He couldn't get the hang of it"
(7)   A relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
"The set of his mind was obvious"
(8)   An area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
(9)   Grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens


  1. Of something that is usually straight: folded.
  2. Homosexual.
  3. Determined or insistent.
    He was bent on going to Texas, but not even he could say why.
  4. Of a person leading a life of crime.
  5. inaccurate at shooting
    That shot was so bent it left the pitch.


  1. An inclination or talent.
    He had a natural bent for painting.
  2. A predisposition to act or react in a particular way.
    His mind was of a technical bent.

Etymology 2

Origin uncertain. Apparently representing (attested only in place-names and personal names), cognate with Old High German (modern German ).


  1. Any of various stiff or reedy grasses.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes’, The Phantom ’Rickshaw and Other Tales, Folio Society 2005, p. 121:
      Gunga Dass gave me a double handful of dried bents which I thrust down the mouth of the lair to the right of his, and followed myself, feet foremost [...].
  2. A grassy area, grassland.