- to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at.
- to reproach or upbraid.
- an act of twitting.
- a derisive reproach; taunt; gibe.
Origin of twit1
- a weak or thin place in yarn caused by uneven spinning.
Origin of twit2
- an insignificant, silly, or bothersome person: Pay no attention to that obnoxious little twit!
Origin of twit3
- a confused, excited state: to be in a twit about company coming.
Origin of twit4
Examples from the Web for twit
But in one segment, Ray gets her seasonings mixed up (twice), giving critics all the more reason to call her a twit.Top 5
The Daily Beast
November 28, 2013
The twit, Guy Clinch, is the unlucky father of Marmaduke, an 18-month-old prodigy of domestic mayhem.Remedial Reader: The Essential Martin Amis
Ronald K. Fried
August 24, 2012
To Steele, surely, goes the prize of Republican Twit of the Week.Why Steele Should Stay
July 5, 2010
From that evening, in fact, they watched for every opportunity to twit her about her hopeless dream.L'Assommoir
If you are afraid, we will both back out, and then neither can twit the other.In School and Out
The profession of a gentleman at large, with which you twit me, I hereby renounce.The Master of the Shell
Talbot Baines Reed
They twit me in the teeth, because I cannot say who my father and mother were.Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
Do you know, Tishy dear, I was just going to twit you with the negro and his spots.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
- (tr) to tease, taunt, or reproach, often in jest
- US and Canadian informal a nervous or excitable state
- rare a reproach; taunt
- informal, mainly British a foolish or stupid person; idiot
Word Origin and History for twit
1520s, shortened form of atwite, from Old English ætwitan "to blame, reproach," from æt "at" + witan "to blame," from Proto-Germanic *witanan (cf. Old English wite, Old Saxon witi, Old Norse viti "punishment, torture;" Old High German wizzi "punishment," wizan "to punish;" Dutch verwijten, Old High German firwizan, German verweisen "to reproach, reprove," Gothic fraweitan "to avenge"), from PIE root *weid- "to see" (see vision). For sense evolution, cf. Latin animadvertere, literally "to give heed to, observe," later "to chastise, censure, punish."