The traditonal college dictionary definition of "twitter"

by James K. Sayre

From The College Standard Dictionary of the English Language, 1933, New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, I. vt. & vi. 1. To utter with a succession of slight bird-like sounds. 2. To utter a rapid series of light chirping or tremulous notes, as a bird. 3. [Prov. Eng.] To be agitated or excited; tremble. 4. To titter. II. n. 1. A succession of light, tremulous soundsl 2. a disease of plants caused by insects. [Imitative].

From the Thin Paper Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1949. Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Co., Publishers. twitter. v.i. [ME, twiteren, of imitiative origin.] 1. To make a succession of small, tremulous, itetermitted noises. 2. To titter, giggle. 3. [Perhaps influenced by twitch.] To have a slight trembling of the nerves; to be excited or agitated. - v.t. To utter with a twitter. -n. 1. a small, tremulous, intermitted noise, as that made by a swallow. 2. A titter, giggle. 3. A slight agitation of the nerves.

twitter, v.t. To twit, taunt.





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