Saturday, 14 December 2013

Entry: unbent (adj.)

In context:  "She was unbent where that dog was concerned, I remember."

Definition:  None of the OED's definitions fit here.  It seems, given the context, that DFW was indicating an unhealthy emotional/mental attitude towards the dog.  Which is odd, because bent (adj.) can be slang for the same thing.
Anyway, here are the more traditional meanings:

Not bowed or curved; also, freed from bending, straightened.  

Not subdued or made subservient.

Other

SNOOT score:   1
 
Page: 771

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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