twat

or twatt

[twaht] or [twat]

What does twat mean?

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twat is slang for "vagina." It's also used, especially in British English, to insult someone as stupid, useless, or reckless.

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Examples of twat

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Examples of twat
Any bloke who gets upset & says women don’t know as much as men about football is a bit of a twat
@GoonerReverend, July, 2018
It's 32C in my living room! THIRTY FUCKING BASTARD TWO ARSEHOLING DEGREES TWATTING CENTIGRADE!!!
@Mr_Ree_, July, 2018
The University of York is investigating after a student claimed a lecturer called health secretary Jeremy Hunt a ‘fucking twat’ during a tutorial...Final year politics, philosophy and economics student Arthur Reynolds also claimed in a Tweet that his seminar tutor said ‘Tories, fuck them’.
YorkMix, February, 2018

Where does twat come from?

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While twat has been recorded since the 1650s, we don’t exactly know where it comes from. One theory connects the Old English term for “to cut off,” thwitan, with the Modern English twat. The implication could be that a woman’s genitalia are just shorter versions of men’s genitalia. It sounds crazy, but who knows? Slang—and people—are weird.

In one of the Great Moments in English Literature, twat was popularized in the mid-1800s completely by accident. English poet Robert Browning had read a 1660 poem that referred, in a derogatory way, to a “nun’s twat,” … uh, what? Browning thought a twat must have been a kind of hat, so he incorporated it into his own work. 😂 – face with tears of joy emoji

Words for genitalia and other taboo body parts have a long history of being turned into abusive terms: think ass, dick, pussy. We could go on. In the 1920s, English speakers started using twat as an insult in the same way some use a word like cunt, although twat has come to have a far less offensive force than the C-word in American English. In the 1930s, twat was sometimes used as a term of abuse for “woman” more generally, and in the mid-1900s, twat was occasionally used as slang for “butt” or “anus.” Twit is a PG alternative to twat.

Twat made headlines in June 2018 when British actor Danny Dyer called former British Prime Minister Danny Dwyer a twat for his role in initiating the Brexit referendum in 2016—and then ghosting after it passed.

Who uses twat?

Twat is still common in contemporary use as an insult implying stupidity, especially among British English speakers who rhyme twat with bat, as Browning infamously did. In fact, the term often appears on listicles of top British slang.

Even though it’s a common term, twat is still vulgar and causes a stir when used in a public setting, especially due to its sexist undertones. Public figures that call someone a twat are often publicly derided, and users sometimes censor the term, rendering it as tw*t or tw@t.

It’s common to see “you utter/complete/total” or “you dumb/daft/stupid” twat …

Speaking of twattiness, grammatically, the Brits have fun with twat. If you’re annoying, you might have the characteristic of twattiness; if you’re messing around or procrastinating, you might be twatting around; if you’re going on about something, you might be twatting on; and if you need a nice expletive, try twatting in the same way you would fucking.

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