- 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
Examples from the Web for twitched
If Pyongyang so much as twitched a nuclear finger, its existence would be a thing of the past.Leslie H. Gelb on How President Obama Should Handle Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
January 30, 2012
She twitched and lost her train of thought and interrupted herself.Farrah's Brainy Side
June 25, 2009
But Kitty twitched herself away from him, and wouldn't hear any more.
She twitched her shoulders, and started Huckleberry off again.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Arcolano hesitated, and his gluttonous mouth quivered and twitched.The Strolling Saint
Jack twitched the auger from one of the seamen and flung it into the lagoon.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
He stuck one hand in his pocket, and twitched his hat a trifle on one side.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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 twitched
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.