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Definition of twit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a silly annoying person : fool
2 : an act of twitting : taunt


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unfortunately, even Lemann’s abbreviated portrait of Hoffman as visionary thinker and mover-and-shaker reveals him to be just another of Silicon Valley’s insular, arrogant, faux-populist twits. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "As Big Business evolved, did it doom the American Dream?," 31 Oct. 2019 Jones makes the Chief Factor a pompous twit without resorting to caricature, while Shepherd is similarly measured in conveying the Captain's sense of smart superiority. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'First Cow': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 An underhanded, ambitious twit rises to the top of the corporate heap and, in the final moments, sets his sites on the U.S. presidency. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "What’s hot in OC arts and entertainment for August," 31 July 2019 His pompous broadcaster character remains a twit throughout each new installment, but Partridge’s career is a bit different each time, depending on whether his brand of windbaggery is in fashion in the real world. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The pros and cons of endless TV revivals," 27 June 2019 Her boyfriend is the twit, who is the one who killed her brother. John Orr, The Mercury News, "Theater: The show that made James Corden a star," 13 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nosy birds twit and tweet from their leafy vantage points. Variety, The Mercury News, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey scoops up $22 million San Francisco house next door," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of twit


1528, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twit


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of twit

informal : a stupid or foolish person

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