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twit (v.)

"to blame, reproach, taunt, upbraid," 1520s, twite, shortened form of Middle English atwite, from Old English ætwitan "to blame, reproach," from æt "at" (see at) + witan "to blame," from Proto-Germanic *witanan "to look after, guard, ascribe to, reproach" (source also of Old English wite, Old Saxon witi, Old Norse viti "punishment, torture;" Old High German wizzi "punishment," wizan "to punish;" Dutch verwijten, Old High German firwizan, German verweisen "to reproach, reprove," Gothic fraweitan "to avenge"), from PIE root *weid- "to see." For sense evolution, compare Latin animadvertere, literally "to give heed to, observe," later "to chastise, censure, punish." Related: Twitted; twitting. As a noun meaning "a taunt" from 1520s.

twit (n.)

"foolish, stupid and ineffectual person," 1934, British slang, popular 1950s-60s, crossed over to U.S. with British sitcoms. It probably developed from twit (v.) in the sense of "reproach," but it may be influenced by nitwit.

updated on May 13, 2017

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Definitions of twit from WordNet
1
twit (n.)
someone who is regarded as contemptible;
Synonyms: twerp / twirp
twit (n.)
aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing;
Synonyms: taunt / taunting
2
twit (v.)
harass with persistent criticism or carping;
Synonyms: tease / razz / rag / cod / tantalize / tantalise / bait / taunt / rally / ride
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