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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun twit has 2 senses

Verb twit has 1 sense


twitv. t. [OE. atwiten, AS. ætwītan to reproach, blame; æt at + wītan to reproach, blame; originally, to observe, see, hence, to observe what is wrong (cf. the meanings of E. animadvert; akin to G. verweisen to censure, OHG. firwīzan, Goth. fraweitan to avenge, L. videre to see. See Vision, Wit.].
     To vex by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault, defect, misfortune, or the like; to revile; to reproach; to upbraid; to taunt; as, he twitted his friend of falsehood.  [1913 Webster]
    "This these scoffers twitted the Christians with."  [1913 Webster]
    "Æsop minds men of their errors, without twitting them for what is amiss."  [1913 Webster]


twit, n. esp. Brit. sl. a silly or foolish person.

twit, v.tr. (twitted, twitting) reproach or taunt, usu. good-humouredly.

16th-c. twite f. atwite f. OE {aelig}twitan reproach with f. {aelig}t at + witan blame



Parthian shot, accuse, allege, anthem, arraign, article, ass, back answer, badinage, ballad, banter, barrack, berate, blame, blockhead, book, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, cackle, cajole, call, carol, caustic remark, caw, censure, chaff, chant, charge, chatter, cheep, chide, chirk, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, choir, chorus, chuck, chump, cite, clack, cluck, cock-a-doodle-doo, comeback, complain, contemn, coo, crack, croak, cronk, croon, crow, cuckoo, cut, cut at, cutting remark, denounce, denunciate, deride, descant, dig, dig at, do-re-mi, dope, drum, dump, dump on, exchange, fasten on, fasten upon, finger, fleer, flout, fool, foolery, fooling, fooling around, gabble, gaggle, gibe, gibing retort, give-and-take, gobble, good-natured banter, guggle, hang something on, harmless teasing, haze, honk, hoo, hoot, hum, hymn, idiot, imbecile, impeach, imply, impute, indict, inform against, inform on, insinuate, intonate, intone, jab, jab at, jape, jeer, jeer at, jerk, jest, jibe, jive, joke, jolly, josh, kid, kidding, kidding around, lay charges, leg-pull, lilt, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint, lout, make fun of, minstrel, mock, moron, needle, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, parting shot, peep, persiflage, pin on, pip, pipe, pleasantry, pooh, pooh-pooh, prefer charges, press charges, psalm, put down, put on, put on report, put-down, put-on, quack, quaver, quip, quiz, rag, rail at, raillery, rally, rallying, rank out, razz, report, reprehend, reproach, reprove, revile, rib, ride, ridicule, roast, roll, roulade, rude reproach, scoff, scold, scorn, scout, scurrility, serenade, shake, short answer, simpleton, sing, sing in chorus, slam, slap, slap at, sneer, sneer at, sol-fa, solmizate, sport, squawk, swipe, take to task, task, taunt, taunt with, tax, tease, tremolo, trill, troll, tweak, tweedle, tweedledee, tweet, twitter, upbraid, verbal thrust, vocalize, warble, whistle, yodel




VB ridicule, deride, mock, taunt, snigger, laugh in one's sleeve, tease, badinage, banter, rally, chaff, joke, twit, quiz, roast, haze, tehee, fleer, show up, play upon, play tricks upon, fool to the top of one's bent, laugh at, grin at, smile at, poke fun at, satirize, parody, caricature, burlesque, travesty, turn into ridicule, make merry with, make fun of, make game of, make a fool of, make an April fool of, rally, scoff, raise a laugh, play the fool, make a fool of oneself.


VB hold in disrespect, misprize, disregard, slight, trifle with, set at naught, pass by, push aside, overlook, turn one's back upon, laugh in one's sleeve, be disrespectful, be discourteous, treat with disrespect, set down, put down, browbeat, dishonor, desecrate, insult, affront, outrage, speak slightingly of, disparage, vilipend, vilify, call names, throw dirt, fling dirt, drag through the mud, point at, indulge in personalities, make mouths, make faces, bite the thumb, take by the beard, pluck by the beard, toss in a blanket, tar and feather, have in derision, hold in derision, deride, scoff, barrack, sneer, laugh at, snigger, ridicule, gibe, mock, jeer, hiss, hoot, taunt, twit, niggle, gleek, gird, flout, fleer, roast, turn into ridicule, burlesque, laugh to scorn, smoke, fool, make game of, make a fool of, make an April fool of, play a practical joke, lead one a dance, run the rig upon, have a fling at, scout, mob.


VB disapprove, dislike, lament, object to, take exception to, be scandalized at, think ill of, view with disfavor, view with dark eyes, view with jaundiced eyes, nil admirari, disvalue, improbate, frown upon, look grave, bend the brows, knit the brows, shake the head at, shrug the shoulders, turn up the nose, look askance, look black upon, look with an evil eye, make a wry face, make a wry mouth at, set one's face against, dispraise, discommend, disparage, deprecate, speak ill of, not speak well of, condemn, blame, lay blame upon, cast blame upon, censure, fronder, reproach, pass censure on, reprobate, impugn, remonstrate, expostulate, recriminate, reprehend, chide, admonish, berate, betongue, bring to account, call to account, call over the coals, rake over the coals, call to order, take to task, reprove, lecture, bring to book, read a lesson, read a lecture to, rebuke, correct, reprimand, chastise, castigate, lash, blow up, trounce, trim, laver la tete, overhaul, give it one, give it one finely, gibbet, accuse, impeach, denounce, hold up to reprobation, hold up to execration, expose, brand, gibbet, stigmatize, show up, pull up, take up, cry 'shame' upon, be outspoken, raise a hue and cry against, execrate, exprobate, speak daggers, vituperate, abuse, abuse like a pickpocket, scold, rate, objurgate, upbraid, fall foul of, jaw, rail, rail at, rail in good set terms, bark at, anathematize, call names, call by hard names, call by ugly names, avile, revile, vilify, vilipend, bespatter, backbite, clapperclaw, rave against, thunder against, fulminate against, load with reproaches, exclaim against, protest against, inveigh against, declaim against, cry out against, raise one's voice against, decry, cry down, run down, frown down, clamor, hiss, hoot, mob, ostracize, blacklist, draw up a round robin, sign a round robin, animadvert upon, reflect upon, glance at, cast reflection, cast reproach, cast a slur upon, insinuate, damn with faint praise, hint a fault and hesitate dislike, not to be able to say much for, scoff at, point at, twit, taunt, sneer at, satirize, lampoon, defame, depreciate, find fault with, criticize, cut up, pull to pieces, pick to pieces, take exception, cavil, peck at, nibble at, carp at, be censorious, pick holes, pick a hole, pick a hole in one's coat, make a fuss about, take down, take down a peg, set down, snub, snap one up, give a rap on the knuckles, throw a stone at, throw a stone in one's garden, have a fling, have a snap at, have words with, pluck a crow with, give one a wipe, give one a lick with the rough side of the tongue, incur blame, excite disapprobation, scandalize, shock, revolt, get a bad name, forfeit one's good opinion, be under a cloud, come under the ferule, bring a hornet's nest about one's ears, take blame, stand corrected, have to answer for.


VB accuse, charge, tax, impute, twit, taunt with, reproach, brand with reproach, stigmatize, slur, cast a stone at, cast a slur on, incriminate, criminate, inculpate, implicate, call to account, take to blame, take to task, put in the black book, inform against, indict, denounce, arraign, impeach, appeach, have up, show up, pull up, challenge, cite, lodge a complaint, prosecute, bring an action against, blow upon, charge with, saddle with, lay to one's door, lay charge, lay the blame on, bring home to, cast in one's teeth, throw in one's teeth, cast the first stone at, have a rod in pickle for, keep a rod in pickle for, have a crow to pluck with, trump up a charge.

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