Atwite
Atwite A*twite", v. t. [OE. attwyten, AS. [ae]tw[=i]tan. See {Twit}.] To speak reproachfully of; to twit; to upbraid. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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  • atwite — …   Useful english dictionary

  • twit — twit1 /twit/, v., twitted, twitting, n. v.t. 1. to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at. 2. to reproach or upbraid. n. 3. an act of twitting. 4. a derisive reproach; taunt; gibe. [1520 30; aph. var. of… …   Universalium

  • twit — was originally, and still is, a verb, meaning ‘taunt’ [16]. It is a shortened version of the now defunct atwite. This went back to Old English ætwītan, a compound verb formed from the prefix æt , denoting ‘opposition’, and wītan ‘reproach’. It is …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • twit — {{11}}twit (n.) foolish, stupid and ineffectual person, 1934, British slang, popular 1950s 60s, crossed over to U.S. with British sitcoms. It probably developed from TWIT (Cf. twit) (v.) in the sense of reproach, but it may be influenced by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • twit — I [[t]twɪt[/t]] v. twit•ted, twit•ting, n. 1) to taunt or ridicule with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at 2) to reproach or upbraid 3) an act of twitting 4) a derisive reproach; taunt; gibe • Etymology: 1520–30; aph. var. of obs. atwite …   From formal English to slang

  • twit — I. /twɪt / (say twit) verb (t) (twitted, twitting) 1. to taunt, gibe at, or banter by references to anything embarrassing. 2. to reproach or upbraid. –noun 3. the act of twitting. 4. a derisive reproach; taunt; gibe. {aphetic variant of obsolete… …   Australian English dictionary

  • twit — was originally, and still is, a verb, meaning ‘taunt’ [16]. It is a shortened version of the now defunct atwite. This went back to Old English ætwītan, a compound verb formed from the prefix æt , denoting ‘opposition’, and wītan ‘reproach’. It is …   Word origins

  • twit — 1. n. esp. Brit. sl. a silly or foolish person. Etymology: orig. dial.: perh. f. TWIT(2) 2. v.tr. (twitted, twitting) reproach or taunt, usu. good humouredly. Etymology: 16th c. twite f. atwite f. OE aeligtwitan reproach with f. aeligt at + witan …   Useful english dictionary

  • atwond — atwond, atwot pa. tense of atwind, atwite v …   Useful english dictionary

  • atwot — atwond, atwot pa. tense of atwind, atwite v …   Useful english dictionary

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