\ ˈtwēt \

Definition of tweet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a chirping note

2 : a post made on the Twitter online message service


tweeted; tweeting; tweets

Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a chirping sound Later I'll want to hear the high frequencies again, the birds tweeting in the morning and the raindrops on the roof. —Dee Snider

2 : to make a posting on the Twitter online message service : to post a tweet (see tweet entry 1 sense 2) Madison's job was to verify information being sent in and then relay that to legal observers, street medics, and other organizers who could in turn tweet the information to the masses in the streets. —Matthew Power You can tweet as much as you want or lurk without comment, though consistent tweeting and audience engagement are key to attracting and keeping followers. —Charlotte Abbott

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Synonyms for tweet

Synonyms: Verb

cheep, chirp, chirrup, chitter, peep, pip, pipe, twitter

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Examples of tweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Standing alone, the tweets from Painter and Tanden are incendiary and worthy of Four Pinocchios. Salvador Rizzo,, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 Accompanying the tweet is a picture of three people taking a selfie. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "A Rays minor-league team is hosting a ‘Millennial Night.’ Twitter was not happy," 13 July 2018 Standing alone, the tweets from Painter and Tanden are incendiary and worthy of Four Pinocchios. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "The thinly-sourced theories about Trump’s loans and Justice Kennedy’s son," 12 July 2018 The tweet was in response to Republican Don Blankenship's failure to capture the party's nomination for the Senate in West Virginia. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell says protesters 'waited until Elaine wasn't around'," 10 July 2018 In fact, the tweet may be about her life coach, Cast Centers CEO Mike Bayer. Rebecca Farley,, "Is Demi Lovato Insulting Her Life Coach With This Brutal Tweet?," 6 July 2018 Because of the way social media works, though, every tweet is just seconds away from being seen and shared by millions — and that changes the consequences of the story. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Plane Bae: how an in-flight matchmaker broke the internet," 6 July 2018 President Donald Trump has frequently used Twitter to lash out against the opposition, so an angry tweet from him isn't exactly a surprise. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "The Official White House Twitter Account Just Went After Two Women Senators," 3 July 2018 Ellen Pompeo cheered on Sandra Oh’s Emmy nomination via a heartfelt tweet Friday because Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang are a triumph of female friendship that will never ever die, ever. Anna Millard,, "Ellen Pompeo’s Reaction To Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nom Has Grey’s Fans Celebrating," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

President Trump has tweeted his endorsement of DeSantis in the race. Steven Lemongello,, "Donald Trump Jr., Jeanine Pirro to headline events for Ron DeSantis in Central Florida," 12 July 2018 Some of Park’s colleagues have tweeted support since the announcement: Thank you Mike! Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "KCRA reporter Kathy Park leaving to become national correspondent at NBC News," 12 July 2018 Sure, Blair could’ve tweeted with more discretion or thought for her subjects’ feelings. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Plane Bae: how an in-flight matchmaker broke the internet," 6 July 2018 Still, don’t expect every local female politician to be tweeting her fashion and beauty credits. Amanda Fitzsimons, Glamour, "It’s 2018, and Female Candidates Are Tweeting About Lipstick. Is This Progress?," 1 July 2018 Before Thursday, Ramos had not tweeted since January 2016. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting had sued paper for defamation," 29 June 2018 In less than 12 hours, the President of the United States tweeted 18 tweets discussing the harsh situation in Puerto Rico following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle, "The remarkable Ana Maria Calvillo: She could ride, shoot, ranch and live in peace with the Indians," 29 June 2018 Just this month, the ADEQ has tweeted 12 high pollution advisories for Phoenix and Maricopa County from its Twitter account — all due to high ozone levels. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "High pollution advisory in effect through Tuesday for Maricopa County," 25 June 2018 American Airlines had not yet tweeted about the incident. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Airbus bound for Charlotte diverted to London's Heathrow Airport," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of tweet


1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short, high sound

: a brief message that someone writes on the Internet using a service called Twitter



English Language Learners Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a short, high sound

: to write a brief message (called a tweet) on the Internet using a service called Twitter


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Kids Definition of tweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chirping sound


tweeted; tweeting

Kids Definition of tweet (Entry 2 of 2)

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