1 [twit]
verb (used with object), twitted, twitting.
to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at. jeer at, mock, insult, deride.
to reproach or upbraid. chide, scold, rebuke, criticize, revile, castigate.
an act of twitting.
a derisive reproach; taunt; gibe.

1520–30; aphetic variant of obsolete atwite, Middle English atwiten, Old English ætwītan to taunt, equivalent to æt- at1 + wītan to blame Unabridged
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twit1 (twɪt)
vb , twits, twitting, twitted
1.  (tr) to tease, taunt, or reproach, often in jest
2.  informal (US), (Canadian) a nervous or excitable state
3.  rare a reproach; taunt
[Old English ætwītan, from æt against + wītan to accuse; related to Old High German wīzan to punish]

twit2 (twɪt)
informal chiefly (Brit) a foolish or stupid person; idiot
[C19: from twit1 (originally in the sense: a person given to twitting)]

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Word Origin & History

1530, aphetic form of atwite, from O.E. ætwitan "to blame, reproach," from æt "at" + witan "to blame," from P.Gmc. *witanan (cf. O.E. wite, O.S. witi, O.N. viti "punishment, torture;" O.H.G. wizzi "punishment," wizan "to punish;" Du. verwijten, O.H.G. firwizan, Ger. verweisen "to reproach,
reprove," Goth. fraweitan "to avenge"), from PIE base *weid- "to see." For sense evolution, cf. L. animadvertere, lit. "to give heed to, observe," later "to chastise, censure, punish." The noun meaning "foolish, stupid and ineffectual person" is first attested 1934 in British slang, popular 1950s-60s, crossed over to U.S. with British sitcoms. It probably developed from the verb sense of "reproach" but may be influenced by nitwit.
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