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
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

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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The court of public opinion, the court whose decisions are determined by polls, referenda, caucuses, TV ratings, influencers, twitter mobs and media personalities, is steadily replacing the legal institutions of government. Time, "“Let the People Decide.” The Dangerous Idea At the Heart of Trump's Impeachment Acquittal.," 5 Feb. 2020 Two posts to the Tide program’s official twitter account featured not-so-subtle digs in this new era off rivalry trash talk. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama social media embracing Auburn rivalry with a little trash talk," 17 Jan. 2020 This is a wholly inappropriate use of the library's twitter account. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Cleveland Public Library criticized for message on union dispute," 16 Jan. 2020 The Broncos announced the update on twitter Tuesday night. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Denver Broncos to wear Color Rush uniforms against Detroit Lions in Week 16," 17 Dec. 2019 Athletics director Greg Byrne on twitter said more information would be released Thursday about what can and what cannot come into the stadium for this game. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The security changes to expect with Trump, broadcasts coming to Alabama-LSU," 7 Nov. 2019 Verona denied Kessié's claims, stating on their official twitter that 'maybe someone was shaken by the ovation from the Verona fans,' and demanded that their club be respected and not tarnished with these accusations., "Mario Balotelli Boots Ball at Verona Supporters & Storms Off Pitch After Racist Abuse," 3 Nov. 2019 Her twitter account was expunged after the 2016 election. Catherine Texier, Longreads, "I’m 72. So What?," 24 Oct. 2019 Pelosi on her twitter account said her visit to Afghanistan focused on security, governance and economic development. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nancy Pelosi meets top officials in Afghanistan," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of twitter


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


1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twitter


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

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“Twitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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