Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk: I twitched my fishing line.
  • intransitive v. To move jerkily or spasmodically. See Synonyms at jerk1.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm.
  • n. 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. To perform a twitch; spasm.
  • v. To jerk sharply and briefly.
  • v. To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one.
  • n. couch grass, a species of grass, often considered as a weed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive 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. 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.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English twicchen; possibly akin to Low German twikken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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!

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  • RD is in fact the greatest work in English. * twitch twitch* I'm almost done, almost done, almost done ....

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  • I look forward to each and every excruciating minute of the next four cigarette free-hours. * twitch twitch* Yes, indeed. previous -- next

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  • And there's a whole bunch of other stuff that -- * twitch twitch* ohmygod THE CLEANING HAS COME UPON ME AGAIN!!

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  • 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.

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  • "I liked the word twitch, but I felt really bad about it," he says.

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  • By the way, "twitch" is my word for the last 2 weeks.

    Enough PC-isms that it will make you twitch

  • 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.

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  • Naldo had fought in the Battle of Britain, ending up with what was commonly called the twitch '.

    Final Resting Place of The Pen

  • 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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  • Twitch has also come to have a slang meaning-- it is used as a noun variant of "bitch"-- for a "bitch" who is on twitter-- hence a "twitch".

    June 8, 2009

  • see couch grass

    July 25, 2008

  • TwItCh

    April 23, 2008