verb (used with object), twit·ted, twit·ting.

to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at.
to reproach or upbraid.


an act of twitting.
a derisive reproach; taunt; gibe.

Nearby words

  1. twisted stomach worm,
  2. twister,
  3. twisting,
  4. twistingly,
  5. twisty,
  6. twitch,
  7. twitch grass,
  8. twitcher,
  9. twitching trail,
  10. twitchy

Origin of twit

1520–30; aphetic variant of obsolete atwite, Middle English atwiten, Old English ætwītan to taunt, equivalent to æt- at1 + wītan to blame Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for twitted



verb twits, twitting or twitted

(tr) to tease, taunt, or reproach, often in jest


US and Canadian informal a nervous or excitable state
rare a reproach; taunt

Word Origin for twit

Old English ætwītan, from æt against + wītan to accuse; related to Old High German wīzan to punish




informal, mainly British a foolish or stupid person; idiot

Word Origin for twit

C19: from twit 1 (originally in the sense: a person given to twitting)

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