- 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.
Origin of twit1
Examples from the Web for twitted
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs twitted Vilsack and Co. for “act[ing] without all the facts.”Breitbart: I'm Not Sorry
July 21, 2010
Here is a vain person, and Malvolio is imprisoned and twitted by a clown.The American Mind
Mathieu began to laugh, and twitted the Angelins on having no child of their own.Fruitfulness
But the Asas besought him to give way, while Loki twitted him with cowardice.Told by the Northmen:
E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
"You have been reading pseudo-science, Dr. Pillbot," he twitted.The 4-D Doodler
But so long as he lived the schoolmaster was twitted about the lady who threw him over.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
- (tr) to tease, taunt, or reproach, often in jest
- US and Canadian informal a nervous or excitable state
- rare a reproach; taunt
- informal, mainly British a foolish or stupid person; idiot
Word Origin and History for twitted
1520s, shortened form of atwite, from Old English ætwitan "to blame, reproach," from æt "at" + witan "to blame," from Proto-Germanic *witanan (cf. Old English wite, Old Saxon witi, Old Norse viti "punishment, torture;" Old High German wizzi "punishment," wizan "to punish;" Dutch verwijten, Old High German firwizan, German verweisen "to reproach, reprove," Gothic fraweitan "to avenge"), from PIE root *weid- "to see" (see vision). For sense evolution, cf. Latin animadvertere, literally "to give heed to, observe," later "to chastise, censure, punish."