verb Etymology: probably alteration of Middle English twikken to pull sharply, from Old English twiccian to pluck — more at twitch Date: 1601 transitive verb 1. to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist ; twitch <
tweaked a bud from the stem
2. to pinch (a person or a body part) lightly or playfully <
tweaked the baby's ear affectionately
3. to make usually small adjustments in or to <
tweak the controls
; especially fine-tune 4. a. annoy, bother <
tweaking the establishment
b. to criticize especially in a sly or sharp manner c. to poke fun at 5. to injure slightly <
tweak an ankle
intransitive verb 1. pull, pluck 2. to make small adjustments • tweak noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Tweak — Tweak, v. t. [OE. twikken, originally the same word as twicchen; cf. LG. twikken. See {Twitch}.] To pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist; to twitch; as, to tweak the nose. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tweak — Tweak, n. 1. A sharp pinch or jerk; a twist or twitch; as, a tweak of the nose. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Trouble; distress; tweag. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. A prostitute. [Obs.] Brathwait. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tweak — [twi:k] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: twiccian to pull out ] 1.) to suddenly pull or twist something ▪ She leant forward and tweaked both ends of his moustache. 2.) to make small changes to a machine, vehicle, or system in order to improve the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • tweak — [twēk] vt. [var. of dial. twick < ME twikken < OE twiccan, to TWITCH] 1. to give a sudden, twisting pinch to (someone s nose, ear, cheek, etc.) 2. to adjust or modify slightly, so as to improve performance, efficiency, etc.; fine tune n. 1 …   English World dictionary

  • tweak — [[t]twi͟ːk[/t]] tweaks, tweaking, tweaked 1) VERB If you tweak something, especially part of someone s body, you hold it between your finger and thumb and twist it or pull it. [V n] He tweaked Guy s ear roughly... [V n] A handsome offer , she… …   English dictionary

  • tweak — I UK [twiːk] / US [twɪk] verb [transitive] Word forms tweak : present tense I/you/we/they tweak he/she/it tweaks present participle tweaking past tense tweaked past participle tweaked 1) informal to make small changes in order to improve… …   English dictionary

  • tweak — /tweek/, v.t. 1. to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist: to tweak someone s ear; to tweak someone s nose. 2. to pull or pinch the nose of, esp. gently: He tweaked the baby on greeting. 3. to make a minor adjustment to: to tweak a computer… …   Universalium

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