[ twit-er-pey-tid ]
/ ˈtwɪt ərˌpeɪ tɪd /

adjective Informal.

excited or overcome by romantic feelings; smitten.

Nearby words

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

Origin of twitterpated

1942; first used in the movie Bambi; twitter + -pated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for twitterpated



1942, apparently first attested in the Walt Disney movie "Bambi" (there also was a song by that name but it was not in the studio release of the film), a past participle adjective formed from twitter + pate (n.2) "head" (cf. flutterpated, 1894).

Thumper: Why are they acting that way?
Friend Owl: Why, don't you know? They're twitterpated.
Flower, Bambi, Thumper: Twitterpated?
Friend Owl: Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You're walking along, minding your own business. You're looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head's in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather, and before you know it, you're walking on air. And then you know what? You're knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!
Thumper: Gosh, that's awful.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper