Definition of subtweet in English:


Syllabification: sub·tweet
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
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.


early 21st century: blend of subliminal and tweet.

Definition of subtweet in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌōlēˈajənəs
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily