from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To taunt, ridicule, or tease, especially for embarrassing mistakes or faults. See Synonyms at ridicule.
- n. The act or an instance of twitting.
- n. A reproach, gibe, or taunt.
- n. Slang A foolishly annoying person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reproach, blame; to ridicule or tease.
- v. To ignore or killfile (a user on a bulletin board system).
- n. A reproach, gibe or taunt.
- n. A foolish or annoying person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To vex by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault, defect, misfortune, or the like; to revile; to reproach; to upbraid; to taunt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thin, weak place in a thread of wool, cotton, etc.
- To reproach; upbraid, especially with, past follies, errors, or offenses; annoy by reproaches; taunt.
- To charge or reproach with; upbraid on account of; bring forward as a taunt.
- Synonyms Chaff, Mock, etc. See taunt.
- n. A reproach; a taunt; an upbraiding or gibing reminder or insinuation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
- n. someone who is regarded as contemptible
- v. harass with persistent criticism or carping
Short for obsolete atwite, from Middle English atwiten, from Old English ætwītan : æt, at; + wītan, to reproach.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally twite, an aphetism of Middle English atwite. (Wiktionary)