Definition of subtweet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəbˌtwēt/


(On Twitter) a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism: while he didn’t include Smith’s Twitter handle, that didn’t stop Smith from seeing the post, taking umbrage, and firing off a subtweet of his own
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  • The problem's not with her mentioning religion. The problem's with her doing it in a passive-aggressive subtweet.
  • The subtweets were kind of a funny interaction between two NBA bigwigs who come from opposite sides of the social media spectrum.
  • Hashtags are a discovery tool, while subtweets are a category of tweets that often purposely evade easy discovery.


Early 21st century: blend of subliminal and tweet.

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