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?] (dvigŭ, “branch”), Albanian degë 'id.'), from *dwó 'two'. More at two.
- Rhymes: -ɪɡ
twig (plural twigs)
- A small thin branch of a tree or bush.
- They used twigs and leaves as a base to start the fire.
From Irish and Scots Gaelic tuig, "to understand"
- (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.
- To understand the meaning of (a person); to comprehend.
- Do you twig me?
- To observe slyly; also, to perceive; to discover.
- Now twig him; now mind him.
- as if he were looking right into your eyes and twigged something there which you had half a mind to conceal
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.