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 English ætwītan, from æt at + wītan to reproach; akin to Old High German wīzan to punish, Old English witan to know Date: 1530 1. to subject to light ridicule or reproach ; rally 2. to make fun of as a fault

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  • twit — twit·ten; twit·ter·a·tion; twit·ter·er; twit·tery; twit; twit·ter; twit·ty; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • Twit — can mean: *A British slang word for an insignificant, foolish or annoying person. *The weekly podcast This WEEK in TECH. *The TWiT podcast network TWiT.tv *The Roald Dahl children s book called The Twits *A user of Twitter …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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 — 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 — [twıt] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from twat] informal a person who you think is stupid or silly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • twit — [ twıt ] noun count INFORMAL a stupid or silly person …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • twit — Ⅰ. twit [1] ► NOUN informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ a silly or foolish person. DERIVATIVES twittish adjective. ORIGIN originally dialect in the sense «tale bearer». Ⅱ. twit [2] …   English terms dictionary

  • twit — index jape, jeer, mock (deride) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • twit — vb *ridicule, deride, mock, taunt, rally Analogous words: reproach, chide, *reprove: reprehend, blame, censure (see CRITICIZE): *scoff, jeer, gibe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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