One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A narrow path or passage between two walls or hedges.
byroad, byway, bridleway, bridle path, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfareView synonyms
- ‘‘I just saw Meriel wandering off down the twitten past the withy towards the rife’ would make perfect sense to a Sussex person.’
- ‘You'll be intrigued with the variety of old buildings and the twittens or little passageways.’
- ‘There are so many twittens in the Milward Road area, it is difficult to explain where they are.’
- ‘Once parked, walk through the twitten and we are on the other side of the road, obliquely opposite you.’
- ‘At the end of the path turn right and carry on along the twitten to Castle Precinct.’
Early 19th century: perhaps related to Low German twiete ‘alley, lane’.
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