- 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 twitcher
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
Very remarkably, both times the big leonine student, Mr. Jeffries, had been the twitcher.The Story of Louie
- a person or thing that twitches
- informal a bird-watcher who tries to spot as many rare varieties as possible
- 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 twitcher
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.