Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Informal A foolishly annoying person.
  • noun A reproach, gibe, or taunt.
  • transitive verb To taunt, ridicule, or tease, especially for embarrassing mistakes or faults.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A reproach; a taunt; an upbraiding or gibing reminder or insinuation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To reproach, blame; to ridicule or tease.
  • verb transitive, computing To ignore or killfile (a user on a bulletin board system).
  • noun A reproach, gibe or taunt.
  • noun A foolish or annoying person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
  • noun someone who is regarded as contemptible
  • verb harass with persistent criticism or carping

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From shortening of obsolete atwite, to reproach, taunt, from Middle English atwiten, from Old English ætwītan : æt, at; see at + wītan, to reproach; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originally twite, an aphetism of Middle English atwite.

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