Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • a weak place to cotton to(o) (near( and dear)) ! It is thinfull! (Oh so fine a find!)

    November 20, 2012

  • What a margaritaceous comment! It's thinful!

    September 12, 2010

  • I knew this word as a noun but not as a verb - until I read this:
    "The view from the bridge over the Serpentine has an extraordinary nobleness, and it has often seemed to me that the Londoner twitted with his low standard may point to it with every confidence."
    English Hours by Henry James, p 10 of the Oxford University Press paperback edition

    September 12, 2010

  • BTW: The goldfish are not silent, pregnant or not. Two quotes from the animal communication group at Facebook:Goldfish are surprisingly chatty! Whenever we head to Walmart, I stop to talk with the fish. The goldfish are all so talkative and giddy. So are our golden dojo loaches and the irridescent sharks. -- I had two golden dojo's, they were amazing! I loved sitting in front of the aquarium and talk to them for hours. They were truly wonderful to speak with. I had a gold fish that lived for over 8 years, he was very talkative as well." Things are not always as they seem to be.

    March 10, 2009

  • *checks pockets*

    *checks pockets again*

    Darn. Where's that pig bladder when you need it?

    June 26, 2008

  • *gets a pig bladder in his face by accident, and can finally sleep*

    June 26, 2008

  • Hey, there's life on Mars...

    June 26, 2008

  • *whumps frogapplause with a pig bladder*

    June 26, 2008

  • I'm in the mood for a pig-bladder fight RIGHT NOW!

    June 26, 2008

  • Twits with bells on their ankles
    belt each other with pig bladders.

    - Peter Reading, Almanac, from Nothing for Anyone, 1977

    June 26, 2008

  • And since silence is golden...

    May 9, 2008

  • I had a goldfish named Chad. After Tiffany brought her goldfish, Rebecca, over for a sleepover, we discovered the we had a pregnant Chad on our hands.

    Chad was the son of a very famous, but strict, federal judge, known as hanging Chad.

    May 8, 2008

  • Surely if silence can be pregnant, a goldfish can be too...

    May 8, 2008

  • Ah, then the 'twit' is ironic. (points to self)

    May 8, 2008

  • Goldfish lay eggs. They can't get pregnant.

    May 8, 2008

  • I wonder at what point misinformation like this becomes 'fact'. After all, when it comes to names of things, we might ask "according to whom?"

    May 8, 2008

  • It's not! Neither is prat, twat or twerp. It's a very common urban legend (I heard it when I was very small).

    May 7, 2008

  • May 7, 2008