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

  • noun One that twitches.
  • noun Chiefly British A bird watcher, especially one who observes rare birds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which twitches.
  • noun plural Small pincers.
  • noun An instrument used for clinching hog-rings.

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

  • noun One who, or that which, twitches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone or something that twitches.
  • noun An eager birdwatcher who is willing to travel long distances to see rare species.


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  • ornithologist or bird-watcher

    A story from the late Humphrey Lyttelton, himself a bird-watcher: he gave a lift in his car once to a man who called himself an "orthinologist". He just wished he'd had the wit at the time to call him a word-botcher.

    July 13, 2008

  • The bower bird is an artful stitcher,

    The fork-tailed drongo a lying snitcher.

    Strange birds astound

    And odd ducks abound,

    But oddest of all is the peeping twitcher.

    July 17, 2014