American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk: I twitched my fishing line.
- v. To move jerkily or spasmodically. See Synonyms at jerk1.
- v. To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
- n. A sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement: a twitch of the eye.
- n. A sudden pulling; a tug: The fish gave my line a twitch.
- n. A looped cord used to restrain a horse by tightening it around the animal's upper lip.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull or draw with a hasty jerk; snatch; jerk away.
- To give a short, sudden pull or tug at; jerk at; cause to move quickly or spasmodically.
- To nip; squeeze; make fast; tie tightly.
- To be suddenly jerked; move or contract quickly or spasmodically, as a muscle.
- To carp; sneer; make flings. Compare jerk, intransitive verb, 2.
- n. A short, sharp pull or tug; a jerk or snatch.
- n. A short, spastic contraction of the fibers of muscles; a stitch; a twinge: as, a twitch in the side; convulsive twitches; especially, such a movement when causing pain: sometimes applied to moral pangs.
- n. A pair of nippers or tweezers.
- n. A noose attached to a stock or handle and twisted around the upper lip of a horse so as to bring him under command when shoeing or clipping: an instrument used for holding a vicious horse.
- n. In mining, a sudden narrowing of a vein so that the walls come nearly or quite together.
- A dialectal variant of touch.
- n. The quitch or quitch-grass, Agropyrum repens. The name is also applied to the bent-grass, Agrostis vulgaris, and to a few other grasses, as the sheep's-fescue, Festuca ovina, called
- n. A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm.
- n. informal Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one.
- n. 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 and twisted to keep the animal quiet during minor surgery.
- v. intransitive To perform a twitch; spasm.
- v. transitive To jerk sharply and briefly.
- v. transitive To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one.
- n. couch grass, a species of grass, often considered as a weed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pull with a sudden jerk; to pluck with a short, quick motion; to snatch.
- n. The act of twitching; a pull with a jerk; a short, sudden, quick pull.
- n. A short, spastic contraction of the fibers or muscles; a simple muscular contraction.
- n. (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.
- v. toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
- n. a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
- v. move or pull with a sudden motion
- v. move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
- v. squeeze tightly between the fingers
- v. make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
- Middle English twicchen; possibly akin to Low German twikken. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I've had a good life. * twitches a little* And now, now I get to finally see Silicon Heaven. * twitch twitch* Silicon Heaven IS real!”
“RD is in fact the greatest work in English. * twitch twitch* I'm almost done, almost done, almost done ....”
“I look forward to each and every excruciating minute of the next four cigarette free-hours. * twitch twitch* Yes, indeed. previous -- next”
“And there's a whole bunch of other stuff that -- * twitch twitch* ohmygod THE CLEANING HAS COME UPON ME AGAIN!!”
“Of course, that, and what I do today are technically "Stuff that should have happened during moving" so maybe it's ok. * twitch twitch* I'm fine.”
“I liked the word twitch, but I felt really bad about it," he says.”
“By the way, "twitch" is my word for the last 2 weeks.”
“A sharp twitch is all it takes, and by rolling it, you can better expose the sides of the lure to maximize the flash it gives off.”
“Naldo had fought in the Battle of Britain, ending up with what was commonly called the twitch '.”
“The main one I hear that just makes me twitch is one that claims that such-and-such a company is "a family company.”
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