chitter vs twitter what difference

what is difference between chitter and twitter


Etymology 1

From Middle English chiteren, chitren, cheteren.


chitter (third-person singular simple present chitters, present participle chittering, simple past and past participle chittered)

  1. To make a series of high-pitched sounds; to twitter, chirp or chatter.
    It was a beautifully sunny day and beetles could be heard chittering loudly in the rose garden by the side of the path made out of antique bricks.
  2. (obsolete, Scotland) To shiver or chatter with cold.

Etymology 2


chitter (plural chitters)

  1. (dialect) Alternative form of chitterling


  • “chitter” in the Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.



From Middle English twitren, twiteren, from Old English twiterian, from Proto-West Germanic *twitwiʀōn, from Proto-Germanic *twitwizōną (to chirp; twitter). Cognate with German zwitzern, zwitschern (to twitter) and Low German twitteren (to twitter). Compare also Dutch kwetteren (to twitter), Danish kvidre (to twitter), Swedish kvittra (to twitter), dialectal Swedish tittra (to twitter).


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: twĭt’ər, IPA(key): /ˈtwɪ.tə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) enPR: twĭt’ər, IPA(key): /ˈtwɪ.tɚ/, /ˈtwɪ.t̬ɚ/, [ˈtʰwɪ.ɾɚ]
  • Rhymes: -ɪtə(ɹ)


twitter (countable and uncountable, plural twitters)

  1. The sound of a succession of chirps as uttered by birds.
    I often listen to the twitter of the birds in the park.
  2. A tremulous broken sound.
  3. A slight trembling of the nerves.
  4. Unwanted flicker that occurs in interlaced displays when the image contains vertical detail that approaches the horizontal resolution of the video format.
    • 1986, IEEE, Second International Conference on Simulators: 7-11 September 1986 (page 145)
      Interline twitter occurs on interlaced displays at half the field-rate.



twitter (third-person singular simple present twitters, present participle twittering, simple past and past participle twittered)

  1. (intransitive) To utter a succession of chirps.
    • 1750, Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, 1825, The Works of Thomas Gray, Volume I, page 114,
      The breezy call of incense-breathing Morn, / The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed,
  2. (intransitive, transitive) (of a person) To talk in an excited or nervous manner.
  3. To make the sound of a half-suppressed laugh; to titter; to giggle.
  4. To have a slight trembling of the nerves; to be excited or agitated.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To twit; to reproach or upbraid.
    • I have repented of it many’s the good time and oft. And if he was so good to forgive me a word spoken in haste or so, it doth not become such a one as you to twitter me. He was a husband to me, he was; and if ever I did make use of an ill word or so in a passion, I never called him rascal []
  6. Alternative form of Twitter


  • (internet neologism): tweet

Derived terms

  • atwitter



Alternative forms

  • tweeter


From English Twitter


  • IPA(key): /twi.te/



  1. (transitive, intransitive, Internet) to tweet (to post to Twitter)


Related terms

  • twit (a tweet (a message on Twitter))
  • tweet (a tweet (a message on Twitter))
  • twittosphère
  • twitteur

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