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twitch (v.)

late 12c., to-twic-chen "pull apart with a quick jerk," related to Old English twiccian "to pluck, gather, catch hold of," from Proto-Germanic *twikjon- (source also of Low German twicken, Dutch twikken, Old High German gizwickan, German zwicken "to pinch, tweak"). Related: Twitched; twitching.

twitch (n.)

1520s, from twitch (v.).

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Definitions of twitch from WordNet
1
twitch (v.)
make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion;
his face is twitching
Synonyms: jerk
twitch (v.)
move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions;
Synonyms: jerk
twitch (v.)
toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air;
Synonyms: flip
twitch (v.)
squeeze tightly between the fingers;
Synonyms: pinch / squeeze / twinge / tweet / nip
twitch (v.)
move or pull with a sudden motion;
2
twitch (n.)
a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition;
Synonyms: twitching / vellication
From wordnet.princeton.edu