- to tug or pull at with a quick, short movement; pluck: She twitched him by the sleeve.
- to jerk rapidly: The rider twitched the reins a couple of times.
- to move (a part of the body) with a sudden, jerking motion.
- to pinch or pull at sharply and painfully; give a smarting pinch to; nip.
- to move spasmodically or convulsively; jerk; jump.
- to give a sharp, sudden pull; tug; pluck (usually followed by at): He constantly twitched at his collar.
- to ache or hurt with a sharp, shooting pain; twinge: That back tooth twitches a bit.
- a quick, jerky movement of the body or of some part of it.
- involuntary, spasmodic movement of a muscle; tic: He gets a twitch in his left eye when he's nervous.
- a short, sudden pull or tug; jerk.
- a bodily or mental twinge, as of pain, conscience, etc.; pang.
- a loop or noose placed over the muzzle of a horse and tightened by twisting a stick or handle to which it is attached, used as a restraining device during a painful operation.
Origin of twitch
Related Wordsjerk, jiggle, blink, shudder, tremble, flutter, jump, squirm, lurch, shiver, lug, snap, kick, tic, grip, pain, beat, twinge, pluck, snatch
Examples from the Web for twitch
“As long as the game is not happening right in front of my nose but somewhere in the midfield, I let it twitch,” he said.Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field
July 3, 2014
Twitch: I should probably add my own, because I love watching Hearthstone (my favorite professional player is Trump).Justin Kan, Co-Founder of Twitch, Shares His Home Screen’s Apps
June 2, 2014
The Twomblys, which might appear settled in more sedate company, here writhe and twitch.The Art World’s New Gang War
May 1, 2014
On the larger front, it's gotten to the point where I now start to twitch even before clicking on-line.What Fresh Hell Is This?
October 5, 2008
He gave a twitch of his fingers upon the reins, and turned from the trail to investigate.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
John looked after him without so much as a twitch in a single nerve of his face.Barnaby Rudge
Unconsciously he had betrayed himself in a despair of voice and twitch of movement.Mixed Faces
Then her eyes began to blaze and her lips to twitch spasmodically.The Masked Bridal
Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
The still head began to rock, the throat to swell, the lips to twitch.In a Little Town
- to move or cause to move in a jerky spasmodic way
- (tr) to pull or draw (something) with a quick jerky movement
- (intr) to hurt with a sharp spasmodic pain
- (tr) rare to nip
- a sharp jerking movement
- a mental or physical twinge
- a sudden muscular spasm, esp one caused by a nervous conditionCompare tic
- a loop of cord used to control a horse by drawing it tight about its upper lip
Word Origin and History for twitch
late 12c., to-twic-chen "pull apart with a quick jerk," related to Old English twiccian "to pluck," from Proto-Germanic *twikjonan (cf. Low German twicken, Dutch twikken, Old High German gizwickan, German zwicken "to pinch, tweak"). Related: Twitched; twitching. The noun is attested from 1520s.
- To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk.
- To move jerkily or spasmodically.
- To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
- A sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement.