twitch


1twitch

verb \ˈtwich\

: to make a slight, sudden movement that is not controlled or deliberate

: to move or pull (something) with a sudden motion

Full Definition of TWITCH

transitive verb
:  to move or pull with a sudden motion :  jerk
intransitive verb
1
:  pull, pluck <twitched at my sleeve>
2
:  to move jerkily :  quiver
3
:  to undergo a brief spasmodic muscular contraction <his hand twitched>
twitch·er noun

Examples of TWITCH

  1. Her mouth was twitching as she began to cry.
  2. The rabbit twitched its ears.

Origin of TWITCH

Middle English twicchen; akin to Old English twiccian to pluck, Old High German gizwickan to pinch
First Known Use: 14th century

2twitch

noun

Definition of TWITCH

1
:  an act of twitching; especially :  a short sudden pull or jerk
2
:  a physical or mental pang <a twitch of remorse>
3
:  a loop of rope or strap that is tightened over a horse's lip as a restraining device
4
a :  a brief spasmodic contraction of the muscle fibers
b :  a slight jerk of a body part
twitch·i·ly \ˈtwi-chə-lē\ adverb
twitchy \ˈtwi-chē\ adjective

First Known Use of TWITCH

1523

3twitch

noun

Definition of TWITCH

Origin of TWITCH

alteration of quitch
First Known Use: 1595

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