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Twitter definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TWIT'TER, v.t.
1. To make a succession of small, tremulous, intermitted noises; as, the swallow twitters.
2. To make the sound of a half suppressed laugh.
TWIT'TER, n. [from twit.] One who twits or reproaches.
TWIT'TER, n. A small intermitted noise, as in half suppressed laughter; or the sound of a swallow.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a series of chirps [syn: chirrup, twitter] v
1: make high-pitched sounds, as of birds [syn: chitter, twitter]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English twiteren; akin to Old High German zwizzir?n to twitter Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to utter successive chirping noises 2. a. to talk in a chattering fashion b. giggle, titter 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 II. noun Date: 1678 1. a trembling agitation ; quiver 2. a small tremulous intermittent sound (as of birds) 3. a. a light chattering b. a light silly laugh ; giggle twittery adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 intr. (of or like a bird) emit a succession of light tremulous sounds. 2 tr. utter or express in this way. --n. 1 the act or an instance of twittering. 2 colloq. a tremulously excited state. Derivatives: twitterer n. twittery adj. Etymology: ME, imit.: cf. -ER(4)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Twitter Twit"ter, n. [From Twit.] One who twits, or reproaches; an upbraider.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Twitter Twit"ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Twittered; p. pr. & vb. n. Twittering.] [OE. twiteren; of imitative origin; cf. G. zwitschern, OHG. zwizzir?n, D. kwetteren, Sw. qwitra, Dan. quiddre. Cf. Titter.] 1. To make a succession of small, tremulous, intermitted noises. The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed. --Gray. 2. To make the sound of a half-suppressed laugh; to titter; to giggle. --J. Fletcher. 3. [Perhaps influenced by twitch.] To have a slight trembling of the nerves; to be excited or agitated.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Twitter Twit"ter, v. t. To utter with a twitter. --Cowper.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Twitter Twit"ter, n. 1. The act of twittering; a small, tremulous, intermitted noise, as that made by a swallow. 2. A half-suppressed laugh; a fit of laughter partially restrained; a titter; a giggle. --Hudibras. 3. A slight trembling or agitation of the nerves.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(twitters, twittering, twittered) 1. When birds twitter, they make a lot of short high-pitched sounds. There were birds twittering in the eucalyptus trees. ...a tree filled with twittering birds. VERB: V, V-ing Twitter is also a noun. Naomi would waken to the twitter of birds. N-UNCOUNT: usu N of n 2. If you say that someone is twittering about something, you mean that they are speaking about silly or unimportant things, usually rather fast or in a high-pitched voice. ...debutantes twittering excitedly about Christian Dior dresses... She laughs, blushes and twitters: 'Oh, doesn't Giles have just the most charming sense of humour?' VERB: V about n, V with quote, also V

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. 1. Chirp, chirrup. 2. Flutter, be agitated, be flurried, be excited. 3. Titter, giggle. II. n. 1. Twittering, chirping, chirp, chirruping. 2. Trembling, agitation, tremor, flutter. 3. Titter, giggle, half-suppressed laugh.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

All in a twitter; in a fright. Twittering is also the note of some small birds, such as the robin, etc.

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