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EtymologyEdit

Unknown origin. Possibly cognate with Old Norse þveit ‎(cut, slit, forest clearing).

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NounEdit

twat ‎(plural twats)

  1. (vulgar, slang) The vagina or vulva.
  2. (Britain, New Zealand, sometimes US, offensive, vulgar, slang) A contemptible and stupid person, idiot.

Usage notesEdit

Erroneously used by Robert Browning in Pippa Passes (1841) to denote part of a nun's habit; based on a misunderstanding of lines from a satirical poem Vanity of Vanities (1660): "They talk’t of his having a Cardinalls Hat / They’d send him as soon an Old Nuns Twat." For more, see Wikipedia.

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VerbEdit

twat ‎(third-person singular simple present twats, present participle twatting, simple past and past participle twatted)

  1. (transitive, Britain, slang) To hit, slap.
    • 1989, Red Dwarf, series III, episode 3 (Polymorph)
      Arnold Rimmer: What are we gonna do?
      Dave Lister: Well, I say let's get out there and twat it!
    • 2005, S. J. Smith, Joe Public
      "Umbridge'll twat him into next week."
    • 2006, Martyn J. Pass, Dani Pass, Waiting for Red
      "I'd love to twat her over the head with this. What d'ya reckon?"
      "She'd certainly bleed a lot."
    • 2007, Mark Button, Security Officers And Policing: Powers, Culture and Control in the Governance of Private Space
      That's the only time I have been twatted by someone.

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