[ twaht ]
/ twɑt /

noun Slang: Vulgar.

Nearby words

  1. twain,
  2. twain, mark,
  3. twang,
  4. twangle,
  5. twangy,
  6. twattle,
  7. twayblade,
  8. tweak,
  9. tweaker,
  10. twee

Origin of twat

1650–60; perhaps orig. dialectal variant of *thwat, *thwot, presumed Modern English outcome of Old English *thwat, akin to Old Norse thveit cut, slit, forest clearing (> E dial. (N England) thwaite forest clearing) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for twats


/ (twæt, twɒt) /

noun taboo, slang

the female genitals
a girl or woman considered sexually
a foolish or despicable person

Word Origin for twat

of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for twats



1650s, of unknown origin. A general term of abuse since 1920s.

The T-word occupies a special niche in literary history, however, thanks to a horrible mistake by Robert Browning, who included it in 'Pippa Passes' (1841) without knowing its true meaning. 'The owls and bats,/Cowls and twats,/Monks and nuns,/In a cloister's moods.' Poor Robert! He had been misled into thinking the word meant 'hat' by its appearance in 'Vanity of Vanities,' a poem of 1660, containing the treacherous lines: 'They'd talk't of his having a Cardinalls Hat,/They'd send him as soon an Old Nuns Twat.' (There is a lesson here about not using words unless one is very sure of their meaning.) [Hugh Rawson, "Wicked Words," 1989]
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