(Twit) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Twitting.] [OE. atwiten, AS. ætwitan to reproach,
blame; æt at + witan 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. firwizan, 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.
This these scoffers twitted the Christian with.Tillotson.
minds men of their errors, without twitting them for what is amiss.L'Estrange.
(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
Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear.Pope.
1. The act of twitching; a pull with a jerk; a short, sudden, quick pull; as, a twitch by the sleeve.
2. A short, spastic contraction of the fibers or muscles; a simple muscular contraction; as, convulsive
twitches; a twitch in the side.
3. (Far.) A stick with a hole in one end through which passes a loop, which can be drawn tightly over
the upper lip or an ear of a horse. By twisting the stick the compression is made sufficiently painful to
keep the animal quiet during a slight surgical operation. J. H. Walsh.
(Twitch"er) n. One who, or that which, twitches.
(Twitch" grass`) (Bot.) See Quitch grass.
(Twite) n. (Zoöl.) (a) The European tree sparrow. (b) The mountain linnet (Linota flavirostris).
(Twit"lark`) n. (Zoöl.) The meadow pipit. [Prov. Eng.]
(Twit"ter) n. [From Twit.] One who twits, or reproaches; an upbraider.
(Twit"ter), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Twittered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Twittering.] [OE. twiteren; of imitative
origin; cf. G. zwitschern, OHG. zwizzirn, D. kwetteren, Sw. qwitra, Dan. quiddre. Cf. Titter.]