[twah, twaw]

noun, adjective Scot.



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]

contraction of it was.

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twas

Historical Examples of twas

  • Twas a wild goose chase, and I wot not what moved me to run after it.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • But twas right not to stay long enough to wear out your welcome.

  • Twas seen and told how an avenger survived the fiend, as was learned afar.



  • Twas there, with her, I vowed the park was a garden of Eden!

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • Twas my uncle hither, the maid-servant thither, myself beyond.

British Dictionary definitions for twas


twae (twe)

noun, determiner

a Scot word for two


contraction of

it was
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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