twitter

To twitter is to make a sound like a bird's trill or chirp. One of the nicest things about spring is the sound of birds as they twitter in the trees. Tweet tweet!

When birds twitter, they make a staccato, musical chirping sound. You can call this sound itself a twitter too. Sometimes the word is used to describe a similar sound made by chattering humans. In the fourteenth century, the word was twiteren, developed from an imitation of the sound that twittering birds make. Twitter is also a social media website founded in 2006, on which people post 140-character bursts of information called tweets. Wonder where they got that idea.

Definitions of twitter
  1. verb
    make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
    synonyms: chitter
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    type of:
    cheep, chirp, chirrup, peep
    make high-pitched sounds
  2. noun
    a series of chirps
    synonyms: chirrup
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    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
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