[ twit-er ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird.

  2. to talk lightly and rapidly, especially of trivial matters; chatter.

  1. to titter; giggle.

  2. to tremble with excitement or the like; be in a flutter.

  3. Digital Technology. tweet (def. 4).

verb (used with object)
  1. to express or utter by twittering.

  1. an act of twittering.

  2. a twittering sound.

  1. a state of tremulous excitement.

Origin of twitter

1325–75; Middle English twiteren (v.); akin to German zwitschern

Other words for twitter

Other words from twitter

  • twit·ter·er, noun
  • twit·ter·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby twitter

Other definitions for Twitter (2 of 2)


  1. a brand name for a social media service and website where registered users may post text that is limited to a certain number of characters, as well as links, photos, or videos. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use twitter in a sentence

  • And then the arrival at that strange school; how hollow the laughter of the men, how shrill the chirp and twitter of the women!

  • Early in the morning, when dawn was scarcely breaking, the swallow began to twitter, and Fido to pull the blankets.

  • The only sound now came from a robin, hunting about the turf and now and then breaking out into an impatient twitter.

    Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Whitethroats are in full song everywhere: they have a twitter sometimes like swallows.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
  • But thy days the silence keep, Save for grosbeaks' feeble cheep, Or for snow-birds' busy twitter When thy breath is very bitter.

British Dictionary definitions for twitter (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtwɪtə) /

  1. (intr) (esp of a bird) to utter a succession of chirping sounds

  2. (intr) to talk or move rapidly and tremulously

  1. (intr) to giggle: her schoolmates twittered behind their desks

  2. (tr) to utter in a chirping way

  1. a twittering sound, esp of a bird

  2. the act of twittering

  1. a state of nervous excitement (esp in the phrase in a twitter)

Origin of twitter

C14: of imitative origin

Derived forms of twitter

  • twitterer, noun
  • twittery, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Twitter (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtwɪtə) /

  1. trademark a website where people can post short messages about their current activities

  1. (intr; sometimes not capital) to write a short message on the Twitter website

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