Twitched
Twitch Twitch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Twitched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twitching}.] [OE. twicchen, fr. (doubtful) AS. twiccian; akin to AS. angeltwicca a worm used for bait, literally, a hook twitcher, LG. twikken to tweak, G. zwicken. Cf. {Tweak}.] To pull with a sudden jerk; to pluck with a short, quick motion; to snatch; as, to twitch one by the sleeve; to twitch a thing out of another's hand; to twitch off clusters of grapes. [1913 Webster]

Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Twitch — Twitch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Twitched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twitching}.] [OE. twicchen, fr. (doubtful) AS. twiccian; akin to AS. angeltwicca a worm used for bait, literally, a hook twitcher, LG. twikken to tweak, G. zwicken. Cf. {Tweak}.] To pull… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • twitch — I. verb Etymology: Middle English twicchen; akin to Old English twiccian to pluck, Old High German gizwickan to pinch Date: 14th century transitive verb to move or pull with a sudden motion ; jerk intransitive verb 1. pull, pluck …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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