I. noun 1. an object or person that bends something • a metal bender.
‹informal› a wild drinking spree.
• he went off on a self-destructive bender.
‹offensive› a male homosexual.
(Brit.) a shelter made by covering a framework of bent branches with canvas or tarpaulin.
• we lived underneath this bender we built in the woods.
– origin late 15th cent. (denoting instruments such as pliers, for bending things): from bend1 + -er1.