Meaning of time warp in English:

time warp

Pronunciation /ˈtʌɪm wɔːp/

Translate time warp into Spanish


  • (especially in science fiction) an imaginary distortion of space in relation to time whereby people or objects of one period can be moved to another.

    ‘a time warp propels a futuristic fighter back to present day’
    • ‘visitors feel as if they've entered a time warp’
    • ‘That Georgia has moved beyond the time warp that for so long kept it wedded to 1956 is good news for the rest of the nation.’
    • ‘Watching Sky Sports the other night was like moving into a time warp.’
    • ‘This dimension, his own creation where he could move freely outside his time warp, was still all in his head.’
    • ‘Looking at the current outbreak of hostage taking in Iraq, it seems as if we have entered a terrifying time warp.’
    • ‘Crossing over to the eastern half of the country is like entering a time warp.’
    • ‘Cynics out there stuck in their own time warp who chose to oppose this excellent new move will soon learn it is the way forward.’
    • ‘History is the great leveller of mankind and to see the pre-historic aboriginal rock art, is to enter a time warp.’
    • ‘What's been rediscovered in recent years is authentic Cuban culture, a culture that survives in Cuba in a time warp.’
    • ‘I don't want to drift into a nostalgic time warp, but I've no doubt that technological advances are spoiling some sports.’
    • ‘How else to explain why discerning, well-heeled travellers are attracted to a tiny, scrubby island stuck in a 1970s time warp?’
    • ‘Anyone who remembers with fondness the strike ridden 70's and early 80's must think they've stepped through a time warp.’
    • ‘It was like coming out on the other side of a time warp.’
    • ‘As a bookworm caught in a time warp I would have had greater chances at popularity if I'd come from another planet.’
    • ‘Health trends come and go, and while some may appear to be locked in a time warp, what was once deemed to be the gospel truth is often stood on its head by new research.’
    • ‘Not that the nuclear complex remains caught in a time warp.’
    • ‘Conversely, some towns and cities are stuck in a time warp, with declining trade leading to empty shop properties and a consequent gap in the retail offer.’
    • ‘Fascinating though his company was, I thought him then an archaic figure, caught in a time warp with excessively reactionary views.’
    • ‘The caravan interiors seemed to be stuck in a 1960s time warp, with pink velvet seats, patterned carpets and lots of teak furniture.’
    • ‘And never mind the professional strides many St Lucian women have made, the nation seems caught in a time warp.’
    • ‘Are some sections of the community stuck in a time warp?’


    be stuck in a time warp
    • Have failed to keep up with the passage of time.

      • ‘his government was stuck in a time warp’
      • ‘Given how remote the towns are, it's hardly surprising they appear to be caught in a time warp.’
      • ‘Even if I could have found a sofa that wasn't plastic-looking, hideously floral, or caught in a time-warp taste forgot, they were all way above my budget.’
      • ‘If the film is flawed in any one area, it's because it's stuck in a time warp.’
      • ‘Some towns and cities are stuck in a time warp, with declining trade leading to empty shop properties and a consequent gap in the retail offer.’
      • ‘It was one of those country pubs which seem to be stuck in a time warp, forever 1950.’