Definition of twitter in English:

twitter

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Pronunciation: /ˈtwɪtə
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1(Of a bird) give a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds: sparrows twittered under the eaves (as noun twittering) the swallows were settling to roost with a good deal of twittering
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    • It was nice and peaceful up there listening to the birds twittering and the sound of the stream.
    • Birds twittered merrily as they fluttered by and squirrels chattered as they raced up and down the limbs gathering nuts.
    • It's the first time we've lived anywhere bordering on rural and whereas in town we would get a fair few birds twittering away, here it's like living in an aviary.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Talk in a light, high-pitched voice: old ladies in the congregation twittered
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    • ‘No, that would be you, Prime Minister,’ the high voice of the Prince twittered and circled about the human's ears.
    • She twittered and tweeted and seemed to move imperceptibly whilst standing completely still.
  • 1.2Talk rapidly and at length in a trivial way: he twittered on about buying a new workshop [with direct speech]: ‘What a great crowd’, Perry twittered
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    • Before long, he began twittering quickly then he stopped and produced a fortune out, handing it Cloud.
    • If she seeks to free women from domestic trivia, why twitter on about chintz?
    • There's a bit of nudging and jostling while they get comfortable on their roost, but then suddenly the twittering stops as though a conductor drops his baton after the final note, then silence.
    Synonyms
    prattle, babble, chatter, prate, gabble, jabber, go on, run on, rattle on/away, yap, jibber-jabber, patter, blather, blether, blither, maunder, ramble, drivel
    informal yak, yackety-yak, yabber, yatter
    British informal witter, rabbit, chunter, natter, waffle
    Scottish & Irish informal slabber
    Australian/New Zealand informal mag
    archaic twaddle, clack, twattle
  • 2Make a posting on the social media website Twitter: many active bloggers are twittering more and more these days
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    • Even Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is now twittering to the troops.
    • There's 15,000 16,000, almost 15,000 people who are twittering with us.
    • At the same time, the media dodos who are still in self-denial over devolution continue to twitter, irrespective of the evidence.

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Phrases

in (or of) a twitter

informal In a state of agitation or excitement: he was in a twitter and yelling for help
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  • R.'s in a twitter about how the house ‘looks’ which means I have an appointment with the vacuum cleaner.
  • All of the household servants were in a twitter over the fact that she was finally home again, fussing over her like a child.
  • He was in a pitiable state of reaction, with every nerve in a twitter.
Synonyms
panic, frenzy, fluster, flutter, flurry, pother
informal tizz/tizzy, tiz-woz, state, sweat, stew, flap, dither
North American informal twit

Derivatives

twitterer

noun
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  • Increasingly, however, the leader herself is coming across as one of the country's leading twitterers.
  • Sofya is a bit of a twitterer, and the standout among the women is Solovieva, the one who gets the ‘mad scene’ after her husband-to-be is hanged.
  • She is anything but a twitterer, though - it is the warmth of the voice that makes it truly heavenly.

twittery

adjective
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  • It's been 22 years since her first hit, but she still wears her hair like an overgrown schoolgirl, and retains a twittery voice that makes her sound like an exceptionally late developer.
  • Endowed with a muscular alto that automatically storms to the top of its range on almost every song, she's nothing if not confident, and a lesson to the twittery Kylies of this world.
  • We've never seen stuff like it before, and we get terribly excited and twittery about it.

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb): imitative.

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