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[tweet] /twit/
a weak chirping sound, as of a young or small bird.
Digital Technology. a very short message posted on the Twitter website: the message may include text, keywords, mentions of specific users, links to websites, and links to images or videos on a website.
verb (used without object)
to make a weak chirping sound.
Digital Technology. to post a message on Twitter:
She tweets a lot about movies.
verb (used with object)
Digital Technology. to post (a message) on Twitter for (people) to read:
He tweeted his fans after the event.
Origin of tweet
1835-45; imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tweet
  • tweet wings flap continuously back and forth, taking a leisurely five seconds to complete each cycle.
  • tweet knows plants need two things to survive: sunlight and water.
  • Now, a tweet containing content breaking a law in one country can be taken down there and still be seen elsewhere.
  • Almost two-thirds will tune out of meetings to read e-mails, tweet or take mobile phone calls.
  • Everybody knows that it's inappropriate to tweet from the toilet.
  • But it wasn't clear if there would be another level of compression after the tweet.
  • Imagine having to wait half-a-second longer when sending a tweet with your location included.
  • Or you could tweet one unusually elaborate sentence.
  • Time of day, the specific terms and language used in the tweet, and the topics raised are important too.
  • Only one re-tweet per user will count in the official tally.
British Dictionary definitions for tweet


(often reiterated) an imitation or representation of the thin chirping sound made by small or young birds
(intransitive) to make this sound
a thin chirping sound
a short message posted on the Twitter website
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for tweet

1845, imitative of the sound made by a small bird. As a verb by 1872. Related: Tweeted; tweeting. As the word for what one does on the Twitter microblogging service, by 2007.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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