[ twich ]
/ twɪtʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for twitched


/ (twɪtʃ) /



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 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.

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Medicine definitions for twitched


[ twĭch ]


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.

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