• IPA: /twɪt͡ʃ/, [tʰw̥ɪt͡ʃ]


  1. A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm.
    I saw a little twitch in the man's face, and knew he was lying.
  2. (informal) Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one.
  3. (farriery) A stick with a hole in one end through which passes a loop, which can be drawn tightly over the upper lip or an ear of a horse and twisted to keep the animal quiet during minor surgery.
    Synonyms: barnacle
  4. (physiology) A brief, contractile response of a skeletal muscle elicited by a single maximal volley of impulses in the neurons supplying it.
  5. (mining) The sudden narrowing almost to nothing of a vein of ore.
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twitch (twitches, present participle twitching; past and past participle twitched)

  1. (intransitive) To perform a twitch; spasm.
    • , []
      "Why is it that you twitch whenever I say Faith?"
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      Their feet padded softly on the ground, and they crept quite close to him, twitching their noses...
  2. (transitive) To jerk sharply and briefly.
    to twitch somebody's sleeve for attention
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, “The Rape of the Lock”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, […], OCLC 43265629 ↗, canto III:
      Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear.
  3. (obsolete) To exert oneself. [15th-17th c.]
  4. (transitive) To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one.
    • 1995, Quarterly Review of Biology vol. 70 p. 348:
      "The Birdwatchers Handbook ... will be a clear asset to those who 'twitch' in Europe."
    • 2003, Mark Cocker, Birders: Tales of a Tribe , ISBN 0802139965, page 52:
      "But the key revelation from twitching that wonderful Iceland Gull on 10 March 1974 wasn't its eroticism. It was the sheer innocence of it."
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time , ISBN 1741145287, page 119:
      "I hadn't seen John since I went to Adelaide to (unsuccessfully) twitch the '87 Northern Shoveler, when I was a skinny, eighteen- year-old kid. "
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twitch (uncountable)

  1. couch grass Elymus repens; a species of grass, often considered as a weed

Proper noun
  1. Short for|

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