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twitch

play
verb \ˈtwich\

Simple Definition of twitch

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to move or pull with a sudden motion :  jerk

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  pull, pluck <twitched at my sleeve>

  5. 2 :  to move jerkily :  quiver

  6. 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


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twitch

noun

Definition of twitch

  1. 1 :  an act of twitching; especially :  a short sudden pull or jerk

  2. 2 :  a physical or mental pang <a twitch of remorse>

  3. 3 :  a loop of rope or strap that is tightened over a horse's lip as a restraining device

  4. 4a :  a brief spasmodic contraction of the muscle fibersb :  a slight jerk of a body part

twitch·i·ly play \ˈtwi-chə-lē\ adverb
twitchy play \ˈtwi-chē\ adjective


1523

First Known Use of twitch

1523


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twitch

noun

Definition of twitch



Origin of twitch

alteration of quitch


First Known Use: 1595



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