Definition of bender in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛndə/


1An object or person that bends something: a metal bender
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  • Thus, field soldiers and civilian metal and electron benders were in the driver's seat - they could literally build their own division to meet General Meyer's concept and his timelines.
  • There are department-store tents of amateur watercolourists, amateur kiddie crocheters, flower dryers, mud turners, cancerous candle makers, rag-doll knotters and metal benders.
  • Working with English metal benders, the professor of experimental physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, has devised extensive methods of guarding against conscious or unconscious fraud.
2 informal A wild drinking spree: he went off on a self-destructive bender
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  • This could be because of a weekend drinking bender, or it's more likely because the story is tremendously forgettable.
  • However, I had been on a hard drinking bender for the whole weekend.
  • I guess this gives me a shoddy excuse to embark on a weeklong bender of hard drinking, dire self-examination and monstrous self-pity.
3British informal, offensive A male homosexual.
4British A shelter made by covering a framework of bent branches with canvas or tarpaulin: we lived underneath this bender we built in the woods
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  • The 7 boys built and slept in a 20 foot high tepee, and the 3 girls made a ‘bender’.
  • I can honestly say I've never slept in a bender, and I never intend to.
  • If you've never slept in a bender, you MUST.


Late 15th century (denoting instruments such as pliers, for bending things): from bend1 + -er1.

Words that rhyme with bender

addenda, agenda, amender, ascender, attender, blender, Brenda, contender, corrigenda, descender, engender, extender, fazenda, fender, gender, Glenda, Gwenda, hacienda, Länder, lender, mender, offender, pudenda, recommender, referenda, render, sender, slender, spender, splendour (US splendor), surrender, suspender, tender, Venda, weekender, Wenda

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