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[twit] /twɪt/
verb (used with object), twitted, twitting.
to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at.
Synonyms: jeer at, mock, insult, deride.
to reproach or upbraid.
an act of twitting.
a derisive reproach; taunt; gibe.
Origin of twit1
1520-30; aphetic variant of obsolete atwite, Middle English atwiten, Old English ætwītan to taunt, equivalent to æt- at1 + wītan to blame Unabridged
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  • Here is a vain person, and Malvolio is imprisoned and twitted by a clown.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Mathieu began to laugh, and twitted the Angelins on having no child of their own.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • But the Asas besought him to give way, while Loki twitted him with cowardice.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • "You have been reading pseudo-science, Dr. Pillbot," he twitted.

    The 4-D Doodler Graph Waldeyer
  • But so long as he lived the schoolmaster was twitted about the lady who threw him over.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • She had twitted me with being “afraid”; afraid of her, she probably meant.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • At last Blackall began to be twitted with it, even by the fellows of his own age.

    Ernest Bracebridge William H. G. Kingston
  • It may even have twitted that board with its apathy in respect of trespassers.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Never before had he been twitted with impotence and failure.

    A Modern Mercenary

    Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
British Dictionary definitions for twitted


verb twits, twitting, twitted
(transitive) to tease, taunt, or reproach, often in jest
(US & Canadian, informal) a nervous or excitable state
(rare) a reproach; taunt
Word Origin
Old English ætwītan, from æt against + wītan to accuse; related to Old High German wīzan to punish


(informal, mainly Brit) a foolish or stupid person; idiot
Word Origin
C19: from twit1 (originally in the sense: a person given to twitting)
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Word Origin and History for twitted



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."



"foolish, stupid and ineffectual person," 1934, British slang, popular 1950s-60s, crossed over to U.S. with British sitcoms. It probably developed from twit (v.) in the sense of "reproach," but it may be influenced by nitwit.

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Slang definitions & phrases for twitted



A contemptible and insignificant person; a trivial idiot: Craig Stevens as her twit of a husband/ I've got the authorization, you fucking twit

[1934+; origin unknown; rapidly adopted in the 1970s, perhaps because of the popularity of the British television series Monty Python's Flying Circus, on which the term was often employed]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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