Twitting
Twit Twit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Twitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twitting}.] [OE. atwiten, AS. [ae]tw[=i]tan to reproach, blame; [ae]t at + w[=i]tan to reproach, blame; originally, to observe, see, hence, to observe what is wrong (cf. the meanings of E. animadvert; akin to G. verweisen to censure, OHG. firw[=i]zan, Goth. traweitan to avenge, L. videre to see. See {Vision}, {Wit}.] To vex by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault, defect, misfortune, or the like; to revile; to reproach; to upbraid; to taunt; as, he twitted his friend of falsehood. [1913 Webster]

This these scoffers twitted the Christian with. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

[AE]sop minds men of their errors, without twitting them for what is amiss. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]


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  • twitting — twɪt v. tease, taunt n. instance of teasing or taunting, gibe; place of weakness in a thread of yarn; stupid person, silly person, fool (Colloquial) …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • Twit — Twit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Twitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twitting}.] [OE. atwiten, AS. [ae]tw[=i]tan to reproach, blame; [ae]t at + w[=i]tan to reproach, blame; originally, to observe, see, hence, to observe what is wrong (cf. the meanings of E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Twitted — Twit Twit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Twitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twitting}.] [OE. atwiten, AS. [ae]tw[=i]tan to reproach, blame; [ae]t at + w[=i]tan to reproach, blame; originally, to observe, see, hence, to observe what is wrong (cf. the meanings of E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • twit — I. noun Date: 1528 1. an act of twitting ; taunt 2. a silly annoying person ; fool II. transitive verb (twitted; twitting) Etymology: Middle English atwiten to reproach, from Old Engli …   New Collegiate 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

  • ridicule — vb Ridicule, deride, mock, taunt, twit, rally are comparable when they mean to make a person or thing the object of laughter. Ridicule implies deliberate and often malicious belittling of the person or thing ridiculed {the old State religion… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 — twit1 [twit] vt. twitted, twitting [aphetic < ME atwiten, to twit < OE ætwitan < æt, at + witan, to accuse, akin to witan, to know: see WISE1] to reproach, tease, taunt, etc., esp. by reminding of a fault or mistake n. 1. the act of… …   English World dictionary

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