verb (used with object), twit·ted, twit·ting.
- twisted stomach worm,
- twitch grass,
- twitching trail,
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Examples from the Web for twit
But in one segment, Ray gets her seasonings mixed up (twice), giving critics all the more reason to call her a twit.
The twit, Guy Clinch, is the unlucky father of Marmaduke, an 18-month-old prodigy of domestic mayhem.
To Steele, surely, goes the prize of Republican Twit of the Week.
The one twit him with being a white-livered coward, the other consider him to be either a sneak or a "deep fellow."A Plea for the Criminal|James Leslie Allan Kayll
The Riding Officer thought this a highly amusing story, and would often twit Mr. Pennefather with it.The Mayor of Troy|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Then he turned to Sif, the beautiful wife of Thor, and began to twit her about her golden hair.The Story of Siegfried|James Baldwin
Why twit me with my poverty; and what can the Times' critic know about the vacuity of my exchequer?The Christmas Books|William Makepeace Thackeray
"Yes, you are," he continued to twit her, encouraged by her attempt at a smile.The Regent|E. Arnold Bennett
verb twits, twitting or twitted
Word Origin for twit
Word Origin for twit
1520s, shortened form of atwite, from Old English ætwitan "to blame, reproach," from æt "at" + witan "to blame," from Proto-Germanic *witanan (cf. Old English wite, Old Saxon witi, Old Norse viti "punishment, torture;" Old High German wizzi "punishment," wizan "to punish;" Dutch verwijten, Old High German firwizan, German verweisen "to reproach, reprove," Gothic fraweitan "to avenge"), from PIE root *weid- "to see" (see vision). For sense evolution, cf. Latin animadvertere, literally "to give heed to, observe," later "to chastise, censure, punish."
"foolish, stupid and ineffectual person," 1934, British slang, popular 1950s-60s, crossed over to U.S. with British sitcoms. It probably developed from twit (v.) in the sense of "reproach," but it may be influenced by nitwit.