\ ˈtwēt How to pronounce tweet (audio) \

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, jargon, peep, pip, pipe, twitter

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Examples of tweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sheriff’s tweet said the inmate and officer were being taken to a hospital. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Inmate allegedly assaults police officer at Jackson County jail: sheriff," 4 June 2019 Worldmapper, an academic mapping outfit, analysed nearly 8,300 tweets issued by Mr Trump between his election in November 2016 and May this year. The Economist, "The world according to Donald Trump," 4 June 2019 The group typically protests Brexit by plastering tweets and comments made my British leaders on buildings and billboards. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Anti-Brexit group taunts Trump with images of USS John McCain and Obama's approval rating projected onto London landmarks," 3 June 2019 Just last week, the Killer Merch Twitter account sent out tweets promoting James's Sisters Pop-Up Shop in Australia. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Wait, Did Jeffree Star Shut Down James Charles's Online Clothing Store?," 14 May 2019 In a viral tweet directed at Chrissy Teigen responding to her hamster fiasco of the day, Caitlin Burch tweeted this truly disgusting image of the culprit—and her story. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Opossum Was Living in a 7-Year-Old’s Room For Three Days Before Anyone Noticed," 19 Apr. 2019 Rather, the dress was rumored to be designed by Ralph & Russo, a rumor fueled in early May by the Royal School of Needlework which posted a tweet highlighting the fact that Ralph & Russo's haute couture atelier team was visiting. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything That Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Had in Common with Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 2018 Three-quarters of stocks in the S&P 500 as well as 95% of stocks in Goldman Sachs’s high China exposure list are down since President Trump made clear in tweets earlier this month that the trade war was back on. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Markets Create Their Own Reality," 17 May 2019 Billy Ray Cyrus defended Lil Nas X in a tweet and then eventually joined in on the song. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The Official Movie for Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Is a Star-Studded Yeehaw Adventure," 17 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some may use @-mentions more often than others: in nearly 12 years, Biden’s account has only tweeted at Obama, his top mention, 28 times. Renae Reints, Fortune, "The Politics of Twitter: Who 2020 Candidates Tweet About Most," 5 June 2019 Not that being mentioned in Mr Trump’s tweets is necessarily a sign of friendship. The Economist, "The world according to Donald Trump," 4 June 2019 Jones visited Auburn in April and was also linked to Tennessee after former Southern Cal assistant and Mobile native Tee Martin joined the Tennessee staff, but Jones tweeted his intention to return to Southern Cal on Monday. Josh Bean |,, "WR Velus Jones returns to Southern Cal after considering transfer to Auburn," 4 June 2019 Trump tweeted approvingly of Gallagher in March and is rumored to be considering clemency for him. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "California GOP Rep.: My unit ‘killed probably hundreds of civilians’ in Iraq," 3 June 2019 The update comes by way of an Automotive News reporter who tweeted the news during the meeting. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "Ford Confirms It: A Hybrid Bronco Is Coming," 9 May 2019 Today royal reporter Rebecca English of The Daily Mail tweeted confirmation that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new son will not have a formal title. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Named Their Son Archie Harrison," 8 May 2019 For Prince Louis, for example, Kensington Palace tweeted that the Duchess was in labor and en route to the hospital. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Announce the Royal Baby," 11 Apr. 2019 The elections were over; there was no presidential election yet; Trump hadn’t tweeted in a few whole minutes; the political press was bored. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 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

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