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twitter

[twit-er] /ˈtwɪt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird.
2.
to talk lightly and rapidly, especially of trivial matters; chatter.
3.
to titter; giggle.
4.
to tremble with excitement or the like; be in a flutter.
5.
Digital Technology, tweet (def 4).
verb (used with object)
6.
to express or utter by twittering.
noun
7.
an act of twittering.
8.
a twittering sound.
9.
a state of tremulous excitement.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English twiteren (v.); akin to German zwitschern
Related forms
twitterer, noun
twitteringly, adverb
Synonyms
8. flutter, tizzy, fluster.
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Examples from the web for twittering
  • We see long-billed curlews-huge sandpipers-twittering overhead.
  • Song: a lengthy series of trills and twittering rattles.
  • The adults came running over to the pups yelping and kind of twittering.
  • The year's lesson in twittering at conferences, for me, is that context is all.
  • Do that, and you'll be ahead of almost everyone writing and twittering about the study.
  • And in this world of twittering and tweeting and blogging and blagging, people tend to know everything about everybody.
  • We're looking forward to the possible live twittering of the wedding ceremony.
  • The cracking of rifle fire silenced the twittering blue jays, blackbirds and killdeer.
  • It is known for its skillful aerial exhibitions, tolerance of humans, and pleasant twittering call.
  • During the ascent there is a constant twittering sound made by the wings.
British Dictionary definitions for twittering

twitter

/ˈtwɪtə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of a bird) to utter a succession of chirping sounds
2.
(intransitive) to talk or move rapidly and tremulously
3.
(intransitive) to giggle: her schoolmates twittered behind their desks
4.
(transitive) to utter in a chirping way
noun
5.
a twittering sound, esp of a bird
6.
the act of twittering
7.
a state of nervous excitement (esp in the phrase in a twitter)
Derived Forms
twitterer, noun
twittery, adjective
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin

Twitter

/ˈtwɪtə/
noun
1.
trademark a website where people can post short messages about their current activities
verb
2.
(intransitive; sometimes not capital) to write a short message on the Twitter website
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Word Origin and History for twittering

twitter

v.

late 14c., twiteren, in reference to birds, of imitative origin (cf. Old High German zwizziron, German zwitschern, Danish kvidre, Old Swedish kvitra). The noun meaning "condition of tremulous excitement" is attested from 1670s. The microblogging service with the 140-character limit was introduced in 2006.

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