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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun May this video of Stanley Tucci doing a cocktail masterclass be a blessing upon your twitter feed. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "COVID-19 is changing how Americans spend — here's what we're buying," 28 Apr. 2020 So my Instagram handle is @BySarahKhan, B-Y-S-A-R-A-H-K-H-A-N. My twitter is also @BySarahKhan, my website is Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Became a Travel Writer: Sarah Khan on Life on the Road," 14 Apr. 2020 Growth Credit Not surprisingly, Philipson effectively aligned himself with Trump in the president’s twitter spat this week with his predecessor, Barack Obama, over who deserves credit for the record long U.S. expansion. Rich Miller,, "White House Admits That Trump Trade Stance Did Depress Economy," 10 Apr. 2020 The best advice is to check social media sources, such as twitter, facebook, Instagram and others for the latest updates of each group or organization. cleveland, "Army veteran brings detail to his woodworking pieces: Olmsted Dates and Data," 16 Mar. 2020 Nanjiani, whose wife Emily V. Gordon is immunocompromised, has been vocal on twitter about needing to be extra careful in avoiding crowds right now. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Joins Apple in Skipping SXSW Amid Coronavirus Concerns," 5 Mar. 2020 Your website still claims support Mon-Sat by phone email and twitter. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Petnet goes offline for a week, can’t answer customers at all," 24 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Auburn fans are 36.8 times more likely to follow Tuberville on Twitter than the rest of the Alabama twitter population, while Alabama fans are only 5.9 times more likely to follow him. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Will Alabama football fans vote for a former Auburn coach?," 23 Feb. 2020 SpaceX adviser and former astronaut Garett Reisman said on twitter that planners are aiming for sometime in 2021. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Ready to buy a trip to orbit from Elon Musk?," 18 Feb. 2020

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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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15 May 2020

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“Twitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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