English edit

Pronunciation edit

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  • Rhymes: -iːp

Etymology 1 edit

Onomatopoeic.

Noun edit

tweep (plural tweeps)

  1. A chirp or beep.
    • 1995, John Wynne, The Listener's Guide to Audio Books: Reviews, Recommendations, and Listings for More Than 2,000 Titles, Fireside, →ISBN, page 321:
      The readers are Star Trek cast members, and the sound is enhanced with authentic, Enterprise-sounding beeps and tweeps.
    • 2008, Eric W. Bragg, The Midnight Blade of Sonic Honey, Oyster Moon Press, →ISBN, page 106:
      Many of the neighboring birds had already begun their preliminary chirps, sending out those quirky little twits and tweeps that announce their presence []
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:tweep.

Verb edit

tweep (third-person singular simple present tweeps, present participle tweeping, simple past and past participle tweeped)

  1. To chirp or beep.
    • 1996, Lauraine Snelling, A New Day Rising[1], Bethany House Publishers, →ISBN:
      A bird tweeped and twittered on a thistle by the side of the trail.
    • 1999, Laura Kalpakian, Steps and Exes: A Novel of Family, Bard, →ISBN, page 103:
      No ubiquitous telephones, no fax machines or computers burping and tweeping and chirping their electronic chirps.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:tweep.

Etymology 2 edit

From TWEP, acronym of terminate with extreme prejudice, a US military intelligence and CIA euphemism for "kill, assassinate" that was first used in the 1960s.

Verb edit

tweep (third-person singular simple present tweeps, present participle tweeping, simple past and past participle tweeped)

  1. (US, intelligence, euphemistic) To kill; to assassinate.
    • 1997, William B. Breuer, Vendetta!: Fidel Castro and the Kennedy Brothers, John Wiley, →ISBN:
      Robert Maheu, tough, astute, dynamic, was the perfect professional to implement the CIA scheme to tweep Fidel Castro.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:tweep.

Etymology 3 edit

Blend of Twitter +‎ peep (person).

Noun edit

tweep (plural tweeps or tweeple)

  1. (Internet, slang) A user of the Twitter microblogging service.
    Synonyms: tweeter, twitterer
    • 2011, David Javerbaum (writing as God), The Last Testament: A Memoir, Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, page 305:
      As astute tweeps will observe, I myself only follow one other person, the one thou callest "Justin Bieber"; []
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:tweep.
  2. (slang) A Twitter employee.
    • 2022 November 4, Kate Conger, Ryan Mac, Mike Isaac, quoting Esther Crawford, “Confusion and Frustration Reign as Elon Musk Cuts Half of Twitter’s Staff”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      “I recognize this is a crazy moment where Tweeps are losing access and the layoff is in progress,” she wrote on Slack, adding a broken heart emoji and a link to a video conferencing room, according to messages viewed by The Times.

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