[ twich ]
/ twɪtʃ /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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
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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Examples from the Web for twitcher
Very remarkably, both times the big leonine student, Mr. Jeffries, had been the twitcher.The Story of Louie|Oliver Onions
Query, whether he is by this means to be in the Cabinet with Twitcher?Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third|The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
British Dictionary definitions for twitcher (1 of 2)
/ (ˈtwɪtʃə) /
a person or thing that twitches
informal a bird-watcher who tries to spot as many rare varieties as possible
British Dictionary definitions for twitcher (2 of 2)
/ (twɪtʃ) /
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
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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Medicine definitions for twitcher
[ 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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