verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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 twitcher



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
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 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.

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twitcher in Medicine




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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