Twire

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Twire A twisted filament; a thread.
    • Twire To peep; to glance obliquely; to leer. "Which maids will twire at 'tween their fingers.""I saw the wench that twired and twinkled at thee."
    • v. i Twire To sing, or twitter.
    • Twire To twinkle; to glance; to gleam. "When sparkling stars twire not."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • twire To glance shyly or slyly; look askance; make eyes; leer; peer; pry.
    • twire To twinkle; sparkle; wink.
    • n twire A sly glance; a leer.
    • n twire A twisted filament; a thread.
    • twire To twist; twirl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Twire twīr (obs.) to glance obliquely:
    • n Twire a shy look
    • v.t Twire twīr (obs.) to twist, twirl.
    • v.i Twire twīr (Shak.) to twinkle, to gleam—also Tweer
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. MHG. zwieren, E. thwart, and queer,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Bavarian zwiren, to spy, glance. Cf. Queer and Thwart.

Usage

In literature:

Him very twired an' s'eepy out in de yard.
"The Curlytops Snowed In" by Howard R. Garis
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