twig

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old English twigge, from Proto-Germanic *twīgą (compare West Frisian twiich, Dutch twijg, German Zweig), from Proto-Indo-European *dwigha (compare Old Church Slavonic [script needed] (dvigŭ, branch), Albanian degë 'id.'), from *dwó 'two'. More at two.

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Noun[edit]

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twig (plural twigs)

  1. A small thin branch of a tree or bush.
    They used twigs and leaves as a base to start the fire.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 1, The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      A beech wood with silver firs in it rolled down the face of the hill, and the maze of leafless twigs and dusky spires cut sharp against the soft blueness of the evening sky.
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twig (third-person singular simple present twigs, present participle twigging, simple past and past participle twigged)

  1. (transitive) To beat with twigs.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Irish and Scottish Gaelic tuig (to understand).

Verb[edit]

twig (third-person singular simple present twigs, present participle twigging, simple past and past participle twigged)

  1. (colloquial, regional) To realise something; to catch on.
    • He hasn't twigged that we're planning a surprise party for him.
    • 2012 May 30, John E. McIntyre, “A future for copy editors”, Baltimore Sun:
      Well, with fewer people doing two or three times the work, you may have already twigged to this.
  2. To understand the meaning of (a person); to comprehend.
    Do you twig me?
  3. To observe slyly; also, to perceive; to discover.
    • Foote
      Now twig him; now mind him.
    • Hawthorne
      as if he were looking right into your eyes and twigged something there which you had half a mind to conceal
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Etymology 3[edit]

Compare tweak.

Verb[edit]

twig (third-person singular simple present twigs, present participle twigging, simple past and past participle twigged)

  1. (obsolete, Scotland) To twitch; to pull; to tweak.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.