twitter

[twit-er]

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to express or utter by twittering.

noun


Nearby words

  1. twitcher,
  2. twitching trail,
  3. twitchy,
  4. twite,
  5. twitten,
  6. twitterpated,
  7. twittery,
  8. twixt,
  9. twizzle,
  10. two

Origin of twitter

1325–75; Middle English twiteren (v.); akin to German zwitschern

Related formstwit·ter·er, nountwit·ter·ing·ly, adverb

Twitter

Trademark.

the brand name of a social media service and website where registered users may post text that is limited to a certain number of characters, as well as links, photos, or videos.
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British Dictionary definitions for twitter

twitter

verb

(intr) (esp of a bird) to utter a succession of chirping sounds
(intr) to talk or move rapidly and tremulously
(intr) to giggleher schoolmates twittered behind their desks
(tr) to utter in a chirping way

noun

a twittering sound, esp of a bird
the act of twittering
a state of nervous excitement (esp in the phrase in a twitter)
Derived Formstwitterer, nountwittery, adjective

Word Origin for twitter

C14: of imitative origin

Twitter

noun

trademark a website where people can post short messages about their current activities

verb

(intr; sometimes not capital) to write a short message on the Twitter website
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Word Origin and History for twitter

twitter

v.

late 14c., twiteren, in reference to birds, of imitative origin (cf. Old High German zwizziron, German zwitschern, Danish kvidre, Old Swedish kvitra). The noun meaning "condition of tremulous excitement" is attested from 1670s. The microblogging service with the 140-character limit was introduced in 2006.

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