Definition of twitch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    twitch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//twɪtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twɪtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they twitch
    BrE BrE//twɪtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twɪtʃ//
     
    he / she / it twitches
    BrE BrE//ˈtwɪtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪtʃɪz//
     
    past simple twitched
    BrE BrE//twɪtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twɪtʃt//
     
    past participle twitched
    BrE BrE//twɪtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twɪtʃt//
     
    -ing form twitching
    BrE BrE//ˈtwɪtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪtʃɪŋ//
     
    Position and movement
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] twitch (something) if a part of your body twitches, or if you twitch it, it makes a sudden quick movement, sometimes one that you cannot control Her lips twitched with amusement. The cats watched each other, their tails twitching. The animal lay on the ground, its whole body twitching and jerking. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] twitch (something) to give something a short sharp pull; to be pulled in this way He twitched the package out of my hands. The curtains twitched as she rang the bell.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Old English twiccian ‘to pluck, pull sharply’.Extra examples Her fingers twitched nervously. His shoulders twitched with suppressed laughter. The body twitched violently and then lay still. The corner of his mouth twitched in amusement. As she waited outside she could see the curtains twitching. Mark twitched the cigarette from his mouth. The dog twitched its ears and looked very intently.
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