- The definition of a twitch is a quick and short movement.
An example of a twitch is a very fast and painless muscle spasm.
- Twitch is defined as to move or pull with a slight jerk.
An example of twitch is for an eye to suddenly start rapidly blinking.
- to pull (at) with a quick, slight jerk; pluck
- to move with a quick, slight jerk or jerks or spasmodically
- to ache with a sudden, sharp pain
Origin of twitchMiddle English twicchen from Old English an unverified form twiccan, variant, variety of twiccian, to pluck, catch hold of: akin to German zwicken from West Germanic an unverified form twikkjon from uncertain or unknown; perhaps base of twig
- a quick, slight jerk
- a sudden, quick motion, esp. a spasmodic one; tic: a facial twitch
- a sudden, sharp pain; twinge
verbtwitched, twitch·ing, twitch·es
- To move jerkily or spasmodically.
- To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
- A sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement: a twitch of the eye.
- A sudden pulling; a tug: The fish gave my line a twitch.
- A sudden, sharp pain.
Origin of twitchMiddle English twicchen possibly akin to Low German twikken
- 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.
- (informal) Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one.
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present twitches, present participle twitching, simple past and past participle twitched)
When used of birdwatchers by ignorant outsiders, this term frequently carries a negative connotation.
From Middle English twicchen; akin to Old English twiccian and Old High German gizwickan.
alternate of quitch
twitch - Computer Definition
(1) A live video gaming site from Amazon.com. Twitch allows spectators to watch the game being played in real time for fun or competition. Gaming developers can use the Twitch programming interface (API) to integrate Twitch functions into their games, and they can monetize their skill via ads, subscriptions and gaming tips. Introduced in 2011, Twitch was a spin-off from the Justin.tv streaming platform that was acquired by Amazon in 2014. For more information, visit www.twitch.tv. See e-sports.
(2) (twitch) A category of video games that requires players to make sudden moves to hit a target or to avoid being destroyed or captured. Early video games and many current games use twitch game play; however, more sophisticated games require strategy as well as quick reflexes.