1. Informal A foolishly annoying person.
2. A reproach, gibe, or taunt.
tr.v. twit·ted, twit·ting, twits
To taunt, ridicule, or tease, especially for embarrassing mistakes or faults: "The schoolmaster was twitted about the lady who threw him over" (J.M. Barrie).
[From shortening of obsolete atwite, to reproach, taunt, from Middle English atwiten, from Old English ætwītan : æt, at; see AT + wītan, to reproach; see weid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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