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  1. a weak chirping sound, as of a young or small bird.
  2. Digital Technology. a message posted on the Twitter social media service and website: the message may include text, links, photos, or videos.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a weak chirping sound.
  2. Digital Technology. to post a message on Twitter: She tweets a lot about movies.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Digital Technology. to post (a message) on Twitter for (people) to read: He tweeted his fans after the event.
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Origin of tweet

First recorded in 1835–45; imitative
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Related Words

chirp, twitter, chirrup

Examples from the Web for tweeting

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The birds on the walls outside were audible, tweeting, chirping.

  • Today she was keeping her computer out, writing down quotes and tweeting thoughts as they came.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for tweeting


  1. (often reiterated) an imitation or representation of the thin chirping sound made by small or young birds
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  1. (intr) to make this sound
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  1. a thin chirping sound
  2. a short message posted on the Twitter website
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Word Origin

C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for tweeting



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.

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