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subtweet

Line breaks: sub|tweet
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌbtwiːt
 
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Definition of subtweet in English:

noun

informal
(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
More example sentences
  • The perfect subtweet is one that has every reader silently fretting that it's about them, yet remains ambiguous enough that nobody dares ask if they were the target.
  • His speech was like one extended subtweet; he repeatedly called out unnamed colleagues as cowards.
  • Instead of being confrontational, subtweets are sneakier - they're not the locker room brawls of Twitter, they're the cruel locker-side whispers.

Origin

early 21st century: blend of subliminal and tweet.

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