twit

noun
\ ˈtwit \

Definition of twit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a silly annoying person : fool

2 : an act of twitting : taunt

twit

verb
twitted; twitting

Definition of twit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to subject to light ridicule or reproach : rally

2 : to make fun of as a fault

Examples of twit in a Sentence

Noun

Only a complete twit would insult his hosts.

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Also complicating matters is a society gold digger named Lady Jaqueline Carstone (Lisa O’Hare), who promptly ditches her twit of a fiancé, Gerald Bolingbroke (Mark Evans), when Snibson’s higher earning potential emerges. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: A Multiple-Exposure ‘Me and My Girl’ at Encores!," 10 May 2018 This version of the Cinderella story sets the gentle, patient heroine against the comic grotesqueries of her domineering stepmother and twit-like stepsisters. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018 There were several volumes of them, each bound between homemade cardboard covers, each with a cutout of a twit regarding a butterfly through a monocle pasted on the front. Bruce Mccall, Town & Country, "Confessions of a High School Dropout," 22 July 2013

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First Known Use of twit

Noun

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twit

Verb

Middle English atwiten to reproach, from Old English ætwītan, from æt at + wītan to reproach; akin to Old High German wīzan to punish, Old English witan to know

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twit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of twit

: a stupid or foolish person

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