twitter

verb
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

twitter

noun

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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Other Words from twitter

Noun

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

Examples of twitter in a Sentence

Verb The birds were twittering in the trees. A robin twittered its morning song. What are those people twittering about? Noun 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 Follow IndyStar reporter Michael McCleary on twitter @mikejmccleary. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "How Colts fans and businesses fare on an unusual game day: 'People are watching the game from home'," 21 Sep. 2020 Eyewitness accounts and video posted to twitter appear to show that Hester was protesting non-violently, and did not resist arrest. Cammy Pedroja, refinery29.com, "The Black Moms At The Heart Of The Portland Protests," 13 Aug. 2020 Yet the roosters crow, the church bell sounds the hour, a dog barks somewhere, spring birds twitter in song. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Its title alluded to the loss of twittering birds from natural habitats because of indiscriminate pesticide use, and the treatise spawned the modern conservation movement. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Silent Skies: Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished," 19 Sep. 2019 Last night, Pink took to twitter to praise those who called out the media critics for their treatment towards Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Pink Defends Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Against Internet Trolls," 20 Aug. 2019 Unable to figure it out, the politicians have turned themselves into twittering mice on the floors of Parliament and Congress. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Gridlock Is the New Normal," 16 Jan. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shortly after tweeting about her vegetarian quest, countless twitter users replied with links to their favorite recipes. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes vegetarian for Lent to honor Rep. Raskin's late son," 19 Feb. 2021 Tennessee has seen everything from couch burnings in 2010 when Kiffin bolted for USC, to a 2017 twitter meltdown that overthrew athletic director John Currie, short-circuiting his ability to hire Greg Schiano. Scott Kushner, NOLA.com, "Kushner: Tennessee football has more drama behind the scenes than on field," 25 Jan. 2021 On January 18, 2021, the official Peaky Blinders twitter account shared the news that the show had officially begun filming on the sixth season. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About Peaky Blinders Season 6," 21 Jan. 2021 Just follow Onimpact3 on twitter for access to the livestream link at https://www.pscp.tv/onimpact3/follow. Joe Magill, cleveland, "There’s a new team atop the cleveland.com girls basketball Top 25 rankings: 11-1 Olmsted Falls," 15 Jan. 2021 His twitter feed, @SteveBHoop, remains a source of info, big-picture thinking, and good humor. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Dan Patrick’s radio show in tune with the times," 1 Jan. 2021 While Black twitter has recently debated the rules on how to play UNO, the traditional card continues its Artiste Series featuring original artwork by artist Nina Chanel Abney. Essence, "Uno Partners With Artist Nina Chanel For The Holidays," 16 Dec. 2020 In photos shared on twitter by Milton on Friday, two images of the Nikola Tre prototypes being made in Germany had only 5 packs installed, or the equivalent of 400kWh. Edward Ludlow, Bloomberg.com, "Nikola’s History of Discrepancies Has Been in Plain Sight," 8 Sep. 2020 People can visit Prescott National Forest twitter or Facebook page for more information or call 928-925-1111. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Crown King residents ordered to evacuate as Horse Fire grows to 3,500 acres," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of twitter

Verb

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

Noun

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twitter

Verb

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

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The first known use of twitter was in the 14th century

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“Twitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twitter. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for twitter

twitter

verb

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

twitter

noun

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

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

twitter

verb
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

twitter

noun

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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