[ tweet ]
/ twit /


a weak chirping sound, as of a young or small bird.
Digital Technology. a message posted on the Twitter social media service and website: the message may include text, links, photos, or videos.

verb (used without object)

to make a weak chirping sound.
Digital Technology. to post a message on Twitter: She tweets a lot about movies.

verb (used with object)

Digital Technology. to post (a message) on Twitter for (people) to read: He tweeted his fans after the event.

Nearby words

  1. tweedsmuir,
  2. tweedy,
  3. tweenager,
  4. tweeny,
  5. tweeps,
  6. tweeter,
  7. tweeze,
  8. tweezer,
  9. tweezers,
  10. twelfth

Origin of tweet

First recorded in 1835–45; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tweet


/ (twiːt) /


(often reiterated) an imitation or representation of the thin chirping sound made by small or young birds


(intr) to make this sound


a thin chirping sound
a short message posted on the Twitter website

Word Origin for tweet

C19: of imitative origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tweet



1845, imitative of the sound made by a small bird. As a verb by 1872. Related: Tweeted; tweeting. As the word for what one does on the Twitter microblogging service, by 2007.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper