twit·​ter | \ ˈtwi-tər How to pronounce twitter (audio) \
twittered; twittering; twitters

Definition of twitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter successive chirping noises
2a : to talk in a chattering fashion
b : giggle, titter
3 : to tremble with agitation : flutter

transitive verb

1 : to utter in chirps or twitters the robin twittered its morning song
2 : to shake rapidly back and forth : flutter



Definition of twitter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small tremulous intermittent sound (as of birds)
2a : a light silly laugh : giggle
b : a light chattering
3 : a trembling agitation : quiver

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twittery \ ˈtwi-​tə-​rē How to pronounce twittery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of twitter in a Sentence


The birds were twittering in the trees. A robin twittered its morning song. What are those people twittering about?


The twitter of songbirds filled the air. our grandmother gets all in a twitter if she doesn't get her weekly phone call right on time
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The orchestra plays with extremes to create tension, setting high, twittering woodwinds against groaning brass. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018 There, water gurgled in a fountain, a bird twittered in a cage, and the smell of Chinese herbs filled the air. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 Stefan Stevenson Other than local disgust, ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy ripped the move during a telecast, and ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla took to twitter to criticize the decision, too. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "From fired at UTA to hired by TCU, it all worked out for Scott Cross | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018 The Columbia blue throwbacks are iconic and Tuesday night, Watt took to twitter to share his love for the old school jerseys. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "J.J. Watt wants Texans to rock Oilers Columbia blue throwbacks," 21 Mar. 2018 Brian's brother, Kent, this past weekend took to twitter with this plea to the president. Fox News, "What will President Trump and Kim Jong Un discuss?," 8 Mar. 2018 There’s a sweet patch of flowers that communicate with the young travelers in a cloud of twittering petals. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "How A Wrinkle in Time Lost its Magic," 8 Mar. 2018 On Tuesday, the spaceflight world twittered in amazement after a Japanese astronaut posted about his surprising growth spurt on Twitter. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Alas, that Japanese astronaut did not really grow 9cm in space," 10 Jan. 2018 As an afternoon twilight came quickly, birds twittered to herald night’s early appearance; otherwise, an eerie stillness settled over us, broken only by clicking camera shutters. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Mysteries of the past hide in plain sight," 10 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Follow him on twitter at @DiazChron and send him tips at Rachael Gleason, Houston Chronicle, "Here's who's covering immigrant child separations at the border at Texas newspapers," 19 June 2018 Perhaps the plan is for President Warren to take to twitter and cyberbully John Roberts into signing off on another unconstitutional tax claim. James Freeman, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren’s Unconstitutional Wealth Tax," 25 Jan. 2019 Blue Bloods's official twitter account uploaded a video of Danny and his partner, Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez), investigating a crime scene. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Referenced Donnie Wahlberg's Music Career and Everyone Lost It," 15 Dec. 2018 Some of the questions were about the president's twitter use. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "How Kobach met Trump: Hunting buddy links Kansas Republican and president’s family," 17 June 2018 Ofir Gendelman, an Israeli government spokesman, said on twitter in English and Arabic. Spencer Feingold, CNN, "Miss Iraq and Miss Israel reunited after selfie controversy," 13 June 2018 The superstar updated his twitter with a shot of Clinton watching Oprah deliver her toast and a humblebrag about his great seat and several other starstruck attendees asked for seflies. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Hillary Clinton Was A Breath of Fresh Air at Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary Show," 8 Sep. 2018 Some were trained in non-violent civil disobedience training Wednesday night, according to the Women's March twitter account. Amelia Harnish,, ""We Disobey": Women's March Protestors Sit-In To Protest Family Detention," 28 June 2018 In the meantime, perhaps users will think twice about sharing a viral romance twitter thread again. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of twitter


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for twitter


Middle English twiteren; akin to Old High German zwizzirōn to twitter

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English Language Learners Definition of twitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make fast and usually high sounds
: to talk in a quick and informal way about unimportant things



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

: the short, high sounds that birds make
: a light, silly laugh


twit·​ter | \ ˈtwi-tər How to pronounce twitter (audio) \
twittered; twittering

Kids Definition of twitter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a series of chirping noises
2 : to talk in a chattering fashion



Kids Definition of twitter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the chirping of birds
2 : a light chattering or laughing
3 : a nervous upset state We were all of a twitter.

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