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

  • intransitive verb To utter a succession of light chirping or tremulous sounds; chirrup.
  • intransitive verb To speak rapidly and in a tremulous manner.
  • intransitive verb To giggle nervously; titter.
  • intransitive verb To tremble with nervous agitation or excitement.
  • intransitive verb To utter or say with a twitter.
  • noun The light chirping sound made by certain birds.
  • noun A similar sound, especially light, tremulous speech or laughter.
  • noun Agitation or excitement; flutter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird; sing in bird-notes; chirp.
  • To titter; giggle.
  • To quiver; tremble; palpitate; hence, to be in a flutter or fright.
  • To sing or utter in bird-notes; chirp out.
  • To spin unevenly.
  • noun One who twits or reproaches.
  • noun A chirp or series of chirps, as of a bird, especially the swallow.
  • noun A fit of laughter; a titter.
  • noun A tremble; a flutter; a general excitement; a pother: as, to be in (or of) a twitter, or to be in or on the twitters.
  • noun A gardeners' name for certain plant-deformations caused by insects, notably a curious bunching and twisting of the carnation-plant caused by the work of anthomyiid larvæ. Some forms of twitter are caused by thrips and others by plantlice.
  • noun A shred; a fragment: used in the plural.
  • noun The refuse or residuum of the case of the spermwhale, a gummy and thready substance left when the case is squeezed.

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

  • noun One who twits, or reproaches; an upbraider.
  • noun The act of twittering; a small, tremulous, intermitted noise, as that made by a swallow.
  • noun A half-suppressed laugh; a fit of laughter partially restrained; a titter; a giggle.
  • noun A slight trembling or agitation of the nerves.
  • transitive verb To utter with a twitter.
  • intransitive verb To make a succession of small, tremulous, intermitted noises.
  • intransitive verb To make the sound of a half-suppressed laugh; to titter; to giggle.
  • intransitive verb To have a slight trembling of the nerves; to be excited or agitated.

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

  • noun The sound of a succession of chirps as uttered by birds.
  • verb intransitive To utter a succession of bird's chirps.
  • verb intransitive, transitive (of a person) To talk in an excited or nervous manner.
  • verb neologism, Internet To use the microblogging service Twitter.

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

  • noun a series of chirps
  • verb make high-pitched sounds, as of birds


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

[Middle English twiteren, ultimately of imitative origin.]

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Imitating the sound.


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