Definition of twitter in English:

twitter

Syllabification: twit·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈtwitər
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1(Of a bird) give a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds.
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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
    chirp, chirrup, cheep, tweet, peep, chatter, trill, warble, sing
  • 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 an idle or trivial way: he twittered on about buying a new workshop
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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
    blather, jabber, blabber, chatter, chitter, gabble, go on, blab, rattle, yap, prattle, babble, blither, ramble
    informal yak, quack, yabber, bloviate, talk someone's ear off
  • 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.

noun

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  • 1A series of short, high-pitched calls or sounds: his words were cut off by a faint electronic twitter
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    • Their song is a bubbly, metallic series of beeps and twitters.
    • The melodious chirps, chirrups, tweets, twitters and warbling notes from the winged visitors blend well with the incessant hum, buzz and drone of innumerable insects, to produce the effect of being inside a vast forest.
    • His is droning electronic pulses, tones, twitters - an ever-escalating loop of frozen machine-age ominousness.
    Synonyms
    chirp, chirrup, cheep, tweet, peep, trill, warble, song
  • 1.1Idle or ignorant talk: drawing-room twitter
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    • Lizaveta is so victimized in her abused and tortured twitter that she can't gain our sympathy, especially when she acts like she doesn't understand she'd be better off without the crazy old coot.
    Synonyms
    prattle, chatter, babble, talk, gabble, blabber
    informal yakking

Phrases

in (or of) a twitter

informal In a state of agitation or excitement.
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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.

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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