- 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
Examples from the Web for twitting
Now they regained their sway over him by twitting him about being afraid of his wife.L'Assommoir
It was laughable to hear them twitting each other about vacating their quarters.The Story of a Strange Career
Certain of these were for ever twitting him publicly of his creed, race, and foibles.Dumas' Paris
In 1804 Beethoven wrote him a twitting allusion to these girls.The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 1
It seemed so like twitting a person on facts, when I came to think about it.The Booming of Acre Hill
John Kendrick Bangs
- (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 twitting
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."