Definition of torso in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːsəʊ/

noun (plural torsos or US also torsi /ˈtɔːsiː/)

1The trunk of the human body.
Example sentences
  • The royal family are shown with elongated skulls and pear-shaped bodies with skinny torsos and arms but fuller hips, stomachs and thighs.
  • Cross your arms over your chest, squeeze your glutes and slowly raise your torso until your body forms a straight line.
  • Any time you do dips you're working your whole torso, your upper trunk and your arms at the same time.
1.1The trunk of a statue without, or considered independently of, the head and limbs.
Example sentences
  • Casts have also been made of other parts of the human body, for instance, limbs or torsos, for use as models by sculptors who work in stone or other materials.
  • The quiet square evokes the classical arcades and statuary of antiquity (the sculpture is a torso of Aphrodite).
  • Bronze idol of Ganapathi, with finely proportioned torsos and exquisitely designed limbs is a cynosure of all eyes.
1.2An unfinished or mutilated thing, especially a work of art or literature: the Requiem torso was preceded by the cantata


Late 18th century: from Italian, literally 'stalk, stump', from Latin thyrsus (see thyrsus).

  • Like bust, torso at first described sculpture, referring to the trunk of a statue without the head and limbs. Charles Dickens, in Our Mutual Friend (1865), was one of the first to apply it to the living human body, writing of a man with ‘too much torso in his waistcoat’. The word itself came from Italian, where it originally meant ‘a stalk or stump’.

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