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twat

[twaht] /twɑt/
noun, Slang: Vulgar.
1.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; perhaps orig. dialectal variant of *thwat, *thwot, presumed Modern English outcome of Old English *thwat, akin to Old Norse thveit cut, slit, forest clearing (> E dial. (N England) thwaite forest clearing)
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British Dictionary definitions for twat

twat

/twæt; twɒt/
noun (taboo, slang)
1.
the female genitals
2.
a girl or woman considered sexually
3.
a foolish or despicable person
Word Origin
of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for twat
n.

1650s, of unknown origin. A general term of abuse since 1920s.

The T-word occupies a special niche in literary history, however, thanks to a horrible mistake by Robert Browning, who included it in 'Pippa Passes' (1841) without knowing its true meaning. 'The owls and bats,/Cowls and twats,/Monks and nuns,/In a cloister's moods.' Poor Robert! He had been misled into thinking the word meant 'hat' by its appearance in 'Vanity of Vanities,' a poem of 1660, containing the treacherous lines: 'They'd talk't of his having a Cardinalls Hat,/They'd send him as soon an Old Nuns Twat.' (There is a lesson here about not using words unless one is very sure of their meaning.) [Hugh Rawson, "Wicked Words," 1989]

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Slang definitions & phrases for twat

twat

noun
  1. The vulva; cunt
  2. A woman considered merely as a sex object or organ; ass, piece of ass (1656+)

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