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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Someone Great’ on twitter and found something curious. Mary J. Dimeglio, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Calls Rom-Com Inspiration Behind 'Lover' Song the 'Most Meta Thing That's Ever Happened to Me'," 23 Aug. 2019 Firing back on twitter, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke also weighed into the Granite State debate. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Sunday Trail Markers: Can gun control sustain momentum?," 12 Aug. 2019 In West Valley City, Utah, which is next to Salt Lake City, police said on twitter that there was a false alarm at the Valley Fair Mall which was sparked by a sign falling. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Backfires and falling sign spark panic in Times Square, Utah after shootings," 7 Aug. 2019 Billie eventually deleted the comment but not before the twitter account for Pop Crave caught it. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish, Tana Mongeau and Justin Bieber Had the Most Hilarious Reactions to Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s Kiss," 13 Sep. 2019 On their official twitter account, Burnley explained that Dyche 'expects to be without Danny Drinkwater for a couple of weeks'., "Sean Dyche Speaks on Danny Drinkwater & Confirms He Will Be Out for a 'Couple of Weeks'," 12 Sep. 2019 The president’s twitter tirade could lead to greater policy convergence, too. The Economist, "A meeting of economists and central bankers was overshadowed by President Donald Trump," 29 Aug. 2019 Or perhaps Trump’s twitter crudity is shocking given the sober comportment of his current would-be presidential opponents. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2019 For further information please visit or follow @adidasfootball on Instagram or twitter to join the conversation., "Juventus Third Kit: La Vecchia Signora Unveil Slick New adidas Strip for 2019/20 Campaign," 6 Aug. 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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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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