Definition of tweet in English:

tweet

noun

  • 1The chirp of a small or young bird.

    ‘the gentle tweet of a bird can be heard’
    • ‘Not a single warble, tweet, or chirp can be heard - nothing but the faint buzz of insects, the passing hum of a distant airplane, and the hushed rustle of the wind.’
    • ‘The tweet of a bird sounded by and Terika's eyes welled up with frightened tears.’
    • ‘And later still, when I ambled around the estates, listening to the sweet tweet of the birds and the occasional joy-rider, there was no nip in the air.’
    • ‘While the next Great Backyard Bird Count is ten months away, now is a fine time for novices to get outside and figure out the source of all those jubilant chirps, tweets, and whistles that fill the spring air.’
    • ‘The melodious chirps, chirrups, tweets, twitters and warbling notes from the winged visitors blend well with the incessant hum, buzz and drone of innumerable insects, to produce the effect of being inside a vast forest.’
    • ‘The gentle tweet of a bird can be heard and your bones sing with the effortless music of its voice.’
    • ‘The chirp and tweet of the feathery creatures greet one as one nears this market beyond Laad Bazar.’
    • ‘On our traveling, there was silence, except for the occasional tweets of birds and the soft blow of the wind.’
    • ‘One blackbird wearing an orange beak sat on a branch and made a faint noise like a rubber duck with its whistle full of pudding, a tweet with the edges rubbed smooth.’
    • ‘Yet, this area failed to similarly activate when the animals heard a variety of other sounds - bells, tones, dog barks, bird tweets, a human voice, scrambled monkey calls, etc.’
    trill, trilling, song, birdsong, cry, warbling, chirp, chirping, chirrup, chirruping, chirr, chirring, cheep, cheeping, twitter, twittering, tweet, tweeting, whistle, whistling, chatter, chattering, squeak, squeaking, pipe, piping, peep, peeping, call, calling
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  • 2A post made on the social media application Twitter.

    ‘he started posting tweets via his mobile phone to let his parents know he was safe’
    • ‘Outgoing chief Jonathan Schwartz announced his farewell with a haiku tweet.’
    • ‘I'm going to show you some tweets now.’
    • ‘Tweets are created by fans of the programme, a move that was given the green light by AMC.’
    • ‘Let's look at a couple of tweets, if we can.’
    • ‘Similarly, I have to remind myself: Tweets are not email.’
    • ‘This is not the first time that Mrs Bercow's "tweets" have raised eyebrows.’
    • ‘I'd love to be there, but I get the tweets and the texts, and everyone keeps me informed.’
    • ‘She didn't bring up his tweets, unfortunately.’
    • ‘I may even initiate my own (hopefully) informative or amusing tweets.’
    • ‘A couple of tweets already coming in from that rather confrontational interview we did moments ago with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.’
    • ‘John Duncan, Britain's Twittering ambassador for multilateral arms control and disarmament, says he uses tweets to talk to experts and journalists interested in non-proliferation issues.’
    • ‘She is receiving tweets from all over the world about the president's speech.’
    • ‘We will check on some of the tweets.’
    • ‘State Representative Charles A. Murphy, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has some of the best tweets.’
    • ‘Having someone write your blogs and tweets can be dangerous unless you are honest about it.’
    • ‘Personally, I'm into the music and arts scene, so I limit my "tweets" to events I feel worth sharing with friends who care.’
    • ‘The impact of the news was especially dramatic online, with 30 per cent of Twitter's activity featuring tweets about the star.’
    • ‘The actress is a self- proclaimed Twitter addict and has posted over 2,000 tweets since joining Twitter just a few months ago.’
    • ‘They'll tell you all you need to know: realtime is a stream of tweets.’
    • ‘We'll keep taking your phone calls and a little more than 15 minutes for your tweets as I have been told they are called and your phone calls.’
    communication, piece of information, news, word, note, memorandum, memo, email, posting, letter, line, missive, report, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, intelligence, notification, announcement
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Make a chirping noise.

    ‘the birds were tweeting in the branches’
    • ‘The birds were tweeting and the earthy glow seemed to enter the room.’
    • ‘Happy birds chirped and tweeted, and a deer just barely out of sight grazed peacefully.’
    • ‘Miss Johnson looked at me as if seeing me for the first time; giving a little jump, she tweeted, ‘Oh, clumsy me.’’
    • ‘A TV set is propped in a corner, budgies in cages tweet noisily as we walk past fish tanks.’
    • ‘Now the silence settled over the garden was thick and heavy, a stark contrast to the chirping and tweeting he was so accustomed to.’
    • ‘It came to land on his shoulder and continued to tweet its melody.’
    • ‘On Tuesday, the Sun was shining, the birds tweeting and sap was rising - all around.’
    • ‘Birds are tweeting, bees are buzzing, dogs are scampering, everything is coming up daffodils and I went out without socks for the first time this year.’
    • ‘Little birdies commence to tweet around its head, in circles.’
    • ‘I discovered that I really really like my new bedroom (My mum kindly let me have her room…!) because at one in the morning I can still hear the birds tweeting gently in the trees outside my window.’
    • ‘Rob put his finger out, and the bird gratefully hopped onto it, tweeting as it did so.’
    • ‘The birds all around them tweeted to one another in their own language before the stars illuminated the vast sky in an array of colors that would shame anyone that concluded that night was purely made for those who lived in the dark.’
    • ‘They picked a spot on a hill, overlooking the beautiful scenery of birds tweeting in the trees, and the water trickling in the pond underneath the flock of geese and ducks.’
    • ‘All I could hear in the hush was the birds tweeting until, suddenly ahead of me, a lithe lad in Lycra darted over a crossroads like a rabbit scuttling for cover.’
    • ‘A serene place: the hills range all around us, flowers sway in the gentle breeze, I hear birds tweeting.’
    • ‘Song birds tweeted in the tall trees above our heads, and swallows glided on the air, breezing above our heads.’
    • ‘A tiny bluebird landed on the man's forehead and tweeted, causing him to bellow furiously.’
    • ‘The birds must've understood what Mari was saying because they were now tweeting excitedly.’
    • ‘The birds are chipper at chorale practice, tweeting away on window ledges behind me.’
    • ‘A fluffy little chickadee pops out of his mouth and tweets sweetly before hopping away.’
    trill, sing, chirp, chirrup, chirr, cheep, twitter, tweet, whistle, chatter, squeak, pipe, peep
    trill, trilling, song, birdsong, cry, warbling, chirp, chirping, chirrup, chirruping, chirr, chirring, cheep, cheeping, twitter, twittering, tweet, tweeting, whistle, whistling, chatter, chattering, squeak, squeaking, pipe, piping, peep, peeping, call, calling
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  • 2Make a post on the social media application Twitter.

    ‘she talks about her own life, but she's just as likely to tweet about budget cuts and Keynesian economics’
    with object ‘she tweeted a picture of them smiling at the camera’
    with clause ‘he tweeted that he would be willing to take a lie detector test’
    with direct speech ‘the president tweeted: ‘After you vote, tell your Facebook friends—“I voted.”’’
    • ‘He tweeted that he would be willing to take a lie detector test.’
    • ‘Celebrities were out in force this Halloween, tweeting pictures of their spookiest costumes.’
    • ‘Within hours of Stephen Fry tweeting a link to the petition on Sunday morning, thousands of people had added their signatures.’
    • ‘I can promise you, I'm not going to be tweeting on the weekends.’
    • ‘In Washington D. C., people were starting to tweet about President Obama's State of the Union address.’
    • ‘When you get your invite to the party, will you tweet some photos?’
    • ‘When he became aware of the mistake, he tweeted a public apology to Mr Abbott.’
    • ‘Like I tweeted last night: "Definitely go see Marley and Me if you're in any way a dog person."’
    • ‘In May, astronaut Mike Massimino became the first person to tweet from space during space shuttle Atlantis' repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.’
    • ‘At the time, she tweeted a picture of them both smiling at the camera in front of a backdrop of the Aspen mountains in Colorado.’
    • ‘I blog a little about cycling (although my blog is mostly centered around motocross), and I also tweet a lot.’
    • ‘With the growth of social media, "citizen journalists" could be blogging and tweeting about your business.’
    • ‘After the group ride, he tweeted: "Thanks to everyone who turned up to ride in Paisley!"’
    • ‘Users of Twitter have been tweeting prolifically about the MPs' expenses investigation.’
    • ‘"Thanks for all the response and input on today's incident," he tweeted.’
    • ‘So I check her Twitter feed again and see she's just tweeted that she's at a recruitment networking event.’
    • ‘On Twitter, @ClarenceHouse is tweeting updates about the wedding, from the schedule of the wedding day to the hotel where she will be staying the night before.’
    • ‘You can pull the plug on live shots, but as long as people can tweet, their stories will reach the world.’
    • ‘If you can tweet your opinions in 140 characters or less, we want to hear from you.’
    • ‘You can't sit there and tweet about what's going on in the case.’
    1. 2.1with object Communicate with (someone) on Twitter.
      ‘email us, tweet us, go to our blog, and find us on Facebook’
      • ‘He decided to call and discuss the draft with a random Cardinal fan on Twitter and several tweeted him.’
      • ‘Chad tweeted her, telling her to check the direct message he sent her.’
      • ‘A lot of you have tweeted me about this today.’
      • ‘Someone tweeted me saying they took a Frisbee class in high school and college.’
      • ‘A lot of people have e-mailed me or tweeted me, and have asked, why wasn't there any police presence at that event?’
      • ‘First of all, Brian, you're tweeting the wrong person.’
      • ‘On this show, we feature solutions and we'd like to hear from you so tweet me with your education solutions or post your ideas on my Facebook page.’
      • ‘Tweet me with your thoughts on social networking, students, and principals who want to keep tabs.’
      • ‘I tweeted him earlier with my concerns.’
      • ‘She's only on for a minute every half-hour, and yet within a few months of her arrival, people were talking about her and tweeting her and commenting on my interaction with her.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

tweet

/twiːt/