verb (used with object)
to tug or pull at with a quick, short movement; pluck: She twitched him by the sleeve.
to jerk rapidly: The rider twitched the reins a couple of times.
to move (a part of the body) with a sudden, jerking motion.
to pinch or pull at sharply and painfully; give a smarting pinch to; nip.
verb (used without object)
to move spasmodically or convulsively; jerk; jump.
to give a sharp, sudden pull; tug; pluck (usually followed by at ): He constantly twitched at his collar.
to ache or hurt with a sharp, shooting pain; twinge: That back tooth twitches a bit.
a quick, jerky movement of the body or of some part of it.
involuntary, spasmodic movement of a muscle; tic: He gets a twitch in his left eye when he's nervous.
a short, sudden pull or tug; jerk.
a bodily or mental twinge, as of pain, conscience, etc.; pang.
a loop or noose placed over the muzzle of a horse and tightened by twisting a stick or handle to which it is attached, used as a restraining device during a painful operation.

1125–75; Middle English twicchen (v.); akin to Old English twiccian to pluck; cognate with German zwicken to pinch

twitcher, noun
twitchingly, adverb
untwitched, adjective
untwitching, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
twitch (twɪtʃ)
1.  to move or cause to move in a jerky spasmodic way
2.  (tr) to pull or draw (something) with a quick jerky movement
3.  (intr) to hurt with a sharp spasmodic pain
4.  rare (tr) to nip
5.  a sharp jerking movement
6.  a mental or physical twinge
7.  Compare tic a sudden muscular spasm, esp one caused by a nervous condition
8.  a loop of cord used to control a horse by drawing it tight about its upper lip
[Old English twiccian to pluck; related to Old High German zwecchōn to pinch, Dutch twicken]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

c.1175, to-twic-chen "pull apart with a quick jerk," related to O.E. twiccian "to pluck," from P.Gmc. *twikjonan (cf. Low Ger. twicken, Du. twikken, O.H.G. gizwickan, Ger. zwicken "to pinch, tweak"). The noun is attested from 1520s. Related: Twitching.
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Medical Dictionary

twitch (twĭch)
v. twitched, twitch·ing, twitch·es

  1. To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk.

  2. To move jerkily or spasmodically.

  3. To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.

A sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement.
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Example sentences
The posts have not only made me laugh, and twitch, but also convinced me to
  accept that my family will never understand.
Movement interfered with the signals, so that even an eyebrow twitch could
  garble the brain impulses.
Even though their bodies twitch with impatience when she tries to tell them
  stories of her girlhood.
There is much in the book that will cause the poetry police to twitch their
  batons in anticipation.
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