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[twah, twaw] /twɑ, twɔ/
noun, adjective, Scot.


[twah] /twɑ/
noun, plural Twas (especially collectively) Twa.
a member of a Pygmy people of Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Also called Batwa.


[twuhz, twoz; unstressed twuh z] /twʌz, twɒz; unstressed twəz/
contraction of it was.
Usage note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • twas a neck-to-neck contest, a grand, honest race, And even his enemies grant him his place.

    The Kingdom of Love Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • twas the Master of the school who was helping her to keep in the way.

  • twas but an advance force on a reconnoitering expedition that passed this morning.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • twas the only one on the prairie, I guess, but it got me for sure.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley Mary Ellen Chase
  • twas a noble sight those three great men—the old chief and his first and last born sons.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • twas then I turned my eyes upon Betsinda—Rosalba, as she now is.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A could never abide carnation;23 twas a colour he never liked.

    King Henry the Fifth William Shakespeare
  • twas seen and told how an avenger survived the fiend, as was learned afar.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Since I plucked geese, played truant, and whipped top, I knew not what twas to be beaten till lately.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • twas all plain now: the course of his rascality had not run smooth.

British Dictionary definitions for twas


noun, determiner
a Scot word for two


/twɒz; unstressed twəz/
it was
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for twas


formed May 16, 1928, as Transcontinental Air Transport, merged 1930 with Western Air Express to form Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. (TWA). Name changed to Trans World Airlines 1950, but the moniker remained the same. Last remnants bought out by rival American Airlines in April 2001.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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