noun• informal , chiefly British
- A silly or foolish person.More example sentences
- Both camps, according to White House insiders, are silly twits.
- He thought of them as the lowest of low in the class known as CTJN class, the ‘creeps, twits, jerks and nerds’ class.
- While I'd seen my fair share of mediocre upper middle-class twits leapfrog their contemporaries, I really believed that the results-driven media game was largely a meritocracy.
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- Those who report on Washington, write columns or work on editorials are among the most twittish.
- I think what you didn't realize is how twittish and silly your non-helpful post is in a group like this.
- By the way, since you responded: Shall I take this as a sign that you are a twittish loser?
1930s (earlier dialect, in the sense 'talebearer'): perhaps from twit2.
verb (twits, twitting, twitted)[with object] • informal
- Tease or taunt (someone), especially in a good-humoured way: her playmates could not twit her about her pigtailMore example sentences
- Three cheers therefore for the man, who a day later in The Times skilfully twitted his ignorant colleague.
- I like to twit my family somewhat, as this will show.
- A Rastafarian waving a flag twitted me as I pushed through the noisy crowd.
Old English ætwītan 'reproach with', from æt 'at' + wītan 'to blame'.