What is the difference between foolish and twit?

foolish | twit |

As a adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a verb twit is

to reproach, blame; to ridicule or tease.

As a noun twit is

a reproach, gibe or taunt.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




  • To reproach, blame; to ridicule or tease.
  • * 1590 , Shakespeare. History of Henry VI , Part II, Act III, Scene I
  • "Hath he not twit our sovereign lady here
    With ignominious words, though clerkly couch'd,
    As if she had suborned some to swear
    False allegations to o'erthrow his state? " -
  • * 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 106:
  • Mr. Cramer, a policeman, came this morning and twitted me for having let a murderer hoodwink me.
  • * 2007 , Bernard Porter, "Did He Puff his Crimes to Please a Bloodthirsty Readership?", review of Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer'' by Tim Jeal, ''London Review of Books , 5 April, 29:7, p. 10
  • H. R. Fox Bourne, secretary of the Aborigines' Protection Society – often twitted for being an ‘armchair critic’ – wrote in a review of one of Stanley's books
  • * Tillotson
  • This these scoffers twitted the Christian with.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Aesop minds men of their errors, without twitting them for what is amiss.
  • (computing) To ignore or killfile (a user on a bulletin board system).
  • * 1995 , "Michelle Jackson", Debutante/Question about Tori Shirts'' (on newsgroup ''rec.music.tori-amos )
  • However, on the Internet BBS's such as Quartz (now dead), Prism, Monsoon, Sunset, ect(SIC), someone pulling that kind of crap is likely to get flamed quite fast and twitted before he/she can breathe.
  • * 2002 , "Chris Hoppman", FidoNet Feed Needed'' (on newsgroup ''alt.bbs )
  • And no, there is no "thought purification program" that can filter out some folks(SIC) obscene ideas that can be expressed w/o written vulgarities. That has to be simply "dealt" with, either by ignoring or twitting the individual that offends habitually.


    (en noun)
  • A reproach, gibe or taunt.
  • A foolish or annoying person.
  • * (rfdate) (Larry Kramer), Just Say No
  • What do you mean, since when did I become such a radical fairy? Since I started knowing twits' like you, you ' twit !

    Usage notes

    In the UK and UK English-speaking areas, usually used in a humorous or affectionate manner.

    Derived terms

    * (l)


    * See also