twitch

[ twich ]
/ twɪtʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. twister,
  2. twisting,
  3. twistingly,
  4. twisty,
  5. twit,
  6. twitch grass,
  7. twitcher,
  8. twitching trail,
  9. twitchy,
  10. twite

Origin of twitch

1125–75; Middle English twicchen (v.); akin to Old English twiccian to pluck; cognate with German zwicken to pinch

Related formstwitch·er, nountwitch·ing·ly, adverbun·twitched, adjectiveun·twitch·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for twitch

twitch

/ (twɪtʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived Formstwitching, adjective, noun

Word Origin for twitch

Old English twiccian to pluck; related to Old High German zwecchōn to pinch, Dutch twicken

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Word Origin and History for twitch

twitch

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for twitch

twitch

[ twĭch ]

v.

To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk.
To move jerkily or spasmodically.
To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.

n.

A sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement.

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