twat

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

twat (plural twats)

  1. (vulgar, slang) The vagina or vulva.
  2. (offensive, vulgar, slang, chiefly UK, New Zealand) A contemptible and stupid person, idiot.
    • 1992 June 24, Edwina Currie, Diary:
      At 4pm, the phone went. It was The Sun: 'We hear your daughter's been expelled for cheating at her school exams...'

      She'd made a remark to a friend at the end of the German exam and had been pulled up for talking.

      As they left the exam room, she muttered that the teacher was a 'twat'. He heard and flipped—a pretty stupid thing to do, knowing the kids were tired and tense after exams. Instead of dropping it, the teacher complained to the Head and Deb was carpeted.

Usage notes[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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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