AskDefine | Define twit

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1 someone who is regarded as contemptible [syn: twerp, twirp]
2 aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing [syn: taunt, taunting] v : harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie" [syn: tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, rally, ride] [also: twitting, twitted]

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Originally en-term twite, an aphetism of atwite.


  • /twɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪt


  1. To reproach, blame; to ridicule or tease.
    • 2007: H. R. Fox Bourne, secretary of the Aborigines' Protection Society – often twitted for being an ‘armchair critic’ – wrote in a review of one of Stanley's books — Bernard Porter, ‘Did He Puff his Crimes to Please a Bloodthirsty Readership?’, London Review of Books 29:7, p. 10


To reproach, blame; to ridicule or tease


  1. A reproach, gibe or taunt.
  2. A foolish or annoying person.


a reproach, gibe or taunt
a foolish or annoying person

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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