twit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v twit harass with persistent criticism or carping "The children teased the new teacher","Don't ride me so hard over my failure","His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
    • n twit aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
    • n twit someone who is regarded as contemptible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A pregnant goldfish is called a twit
    • v. t Twit To vex by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault, defect, misfortune, or the like; to revile; to reproach; to upbraid; to taunt; as, he twitted his friend of falsehood. "This these scoffers twitted the Christians with.""Æsop minds men of their errors, without twitting them for what is amiss."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Twit is the name given for a pregnant goldfish
    • n twit A thin, weak place in a thread of wool, cotton, etc.
    • twit To reproach; upbraid, especially with, past follies, errors, or offenses; annoy by reproaches; taunt.
    • twit To charge or reproach with; upbraid on account of; bring forward as a taunt.
    • twit Synonyms Chaff, Mock, etc. See taunt.
    • n twit A reproach; a taunt; an upbraiding or gibing reminder or insinuation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pregnant goldfish are "twits."
    • v.t Twit twit to remind of some fault, &c.
    • pr.p Twit twit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. twit′ted
    • n Twit a reproach
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. atwiten, AS. ætwītan, to reproach, blame; æt, at + wītan, to reproach, blame; originally, to observe, see, hence, to observe what is wrong (cf. the meanings of E. animadvert,; akin to G. verweisen, to censure, OHG. firwīzan, Goth. fraweitan, to avenge, L. videre, to see. See Vision Wit

Usage

In literature:

But the other landlords twitted him with pretending to be an active magistrate, and yet harbouring a gang of gipsies at his own door-cheek.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
Anything rather than having the whole school twit me of messing the accounts.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
Dr Thorpe never twitted Robin with his youth now.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Do you know, Tishy dear, I was just going to twit you with the negro and his spots.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
She twitted him merrily.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Nothing pleased him more than to be twitted about his devotion to his lady.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
Here is a vain person, and Malvolio is imprisoned and twitted by a clown.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
She had been about to twit him with his defeat.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
So the gouts and the twits evened each other up after all, and the yarn run pretty smooth.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
A bishop once twitted a curate with preaching indifferent orthodoxy.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

"Ah, had I been like some I see,
Born to an evergreen nesting-tree,
None had eyed and twitted me,
Cheerily mating!"
"Postponement" by Thomas Hardy
"I planned her a nest in a leafless tree,
But the passers eyed and twitted me,
And said: 'How reckless a bird is he,
Cheerily mating!'
"Postponement" by Thomas Hardy
Shall I live for my foes to twit me?
He has mastered his nerve again--
He is firm, he will surely hit me--
Will he reach the heart or the brain?
"The Road to Avernus, Scene XI 'Ten Paces Off'" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
If kin, fame, critics, age, you quote
As fain to thwart and twit,
Just try to feel your wings, and float
Above the scornful kit:—
Oh modern singers, ye who vote
Our times for song unfit?
"Six Studies In Exotic Forms Of Verse" by Emily Pfeiffer
She had an edication, an' that was good for her;
But when she twitted me on mine, 'twas carryin' things too far;
An' I told her once, 'fore company (an' it almost made her sick),
That I never swallowed a grammar, or 'et a 'rithmetic.
"Over The Hill To The Poor-House" by William McKendree Carleton
Doretta "chided"; "cautioned" Will;
She "voiced" and he "defended";
She "vouchsafed"; he "continued still";
She "sneered" and he "amended";
She "smiled," she "twitted," and she "dared"
He "scorned," "exclaimed," "pronounced," and "flared."
"Monotonous Variety" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

President Obama Coins New Twit-Term: "Twoosh".
An Officer and a Twit .
Mitt the Twit 's International Fund Raising Tour.
A Twit By Any Other Name.
Brits assail 'Mitt the twit ' after Olympic comments.
Don't Become a Twitter Twit .
Get into some open comments, and it's a TWiT weekend.
Sonoma County Business Tours – TWiT Studios And The Guayaki Warehouse.
Putting the " Twit " in Twitter.
Why You Need to Give a Twit About E-Media.
A Washington Post twit on Twitter.
Upper Class Twit of The Year The Guardian holds its very own contest.
0 R emember Monty Python's old Upper Class Twit of the Year Contest.
Upper Class Twit of The Year The Guardian holds its very own contest.
Robert Ballecer hosts "This Week in Enterprise Tech" on the Web-based TWiT Network on Nov 19.
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In science:

This theory should resum all relevant higher twit diagrams, includes absorption and should satisfy unitarity.
QCD and high energy hadronic interaction: Summary talk (theory)
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