Twitching
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]


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  • twitching — Disgustingly and longstandingly dirty. Applies to an inanimate object, and implies that it is so grody that it has evolved life. You guys, this towel can t be our bathmat anymore. It s twitching. OR Someone wash these dishes, they re twitching! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • twitching — Disgustingly and longstandingly dirty. Applies to an inanimate object, and implies that it is so grody that it has evolved life. You guys, this towel can t be our bathmat anymore. It s twitching. OR Someone wash these dishes, they re twitching! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • Twitching — This interesting surname is of Anglo Saxon origin, and is a topographical name for a dweller at the place where two roads met . The derivation of the name is from the Olde English pre 7th Century twicen(e) (a derivative of twa , two), a… …   Surnames reference

  • twitching — adj Excellent, outstanding. That new dress is twitching, girl. 1990s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • twitching — in angling, small movements of the rod tip or line to move the bait and induce a fish to bite …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • twitching — 1. noun compulsive bird watching by people (twitchers) who travel long distances to see rare species 2. adjective That twitches …   Wiktionary

  • twitching — twitch·ing (twichґing) the occurrence of a single contraction or a series of contractions of a muscle; see twitch …   Medical dictionary

  • twitching — Synonyms and related words: abstraction, abulia, agitation, alienation, anxiety, anxiety equivalent, anxiety state, apathy, apprehensiveness, attack of nerves, buck fever, case of nerves, catatonic stupor, compulsion, convulsive, dejection,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • twitching — twɪtʃ n. spasm, twinge, jerk, pull v. jerk or pull suddenly; move with a jerk; have convulsions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • twitching — n. Spasm, twitch …   New dictionary of synonyms

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