tweak

verb
\ ˈtwēk How to pronounce tweak (audio) \

Definition of tweak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make usually small adjustments in or to tweak the controls especially : fine-tune
2 : to injure slightly
3 : to pinch (a person or a body part) lightly or playfully
4 : to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist : twitch tweaked a bud from the stem
5a : annoy, bother tweaking the establishment
b : to criticize especially in a sly or sharp manner
c : to poke fun at

intransitive verb

1 : pull, pluck
2 : to make small adjustments

tweak

noun
plural tweaks

Definition of tweak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small change or adjustment We made a few tweaks to the original recipe. Jellyfish collects information about what's happening behind the scenes and rushes it to its corporate clients so they can make investments based on things like forthcoming regulations or tax code tweaks.— Tim Murphy They'd try making helpful tweaks to the way my chair faced the computer…— Lucette Lagnado
2 : a sharp pinch or jerk a tweak of the nose Archie laughed, and Rose, seeing a merry blue eye winking at her from behind two brown hands, gave Charlie's ear a friendly tweak— Louisa May Alcott
3 : a slight injury causing pain … it's worth remembering that Pryor is a more dangerous runner than passer, so even a slight tweak of the leg or ankle could be a significant blow to the offense at State College.— Bob Hunter

Examples of tweak in a Sentence

Verb

We just wanted to tweak his original idea a bit. He tweaked his ankle playing soccer. My brother hates it when our grandmother tweaks his cheek.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The robot is designed to be multipurpose, but Tianqi Sun, the CEO and inventor, decided to tweak the Hexa’s focus after noticing a sunflower that had withered and died after being stuck in a shady corner. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "The Hexa Is Like Your Dream Robot Gardener," 19 Apr. 2019 The epic strategy game has already been ported to a range of platforms since its PC debut in 2016, including the iPad and the Nintendo Switch, but the new version will tweak the experience to better suit a smaller smartphone screen. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Civilization VI has been squeezed onto the iPhone, and it’s out today," 4 Oct. 2018 As a result, the TV Kate Kane's origin will likely be tweaked before her debut in December. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Ruby Rose set to star as lesbian superhero Batwoman for The CW," 8 Aug. 2018 Buy Photo For its ninth year, Feastival — the splashy fundraiser at which dozens of top restaurants offer samples amid performance artists — will tweak its concept. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "New format for Feastival, as the chef-arts event turns 9," 12 June 2018 Since then, Vivaldi has gained a reputation for being friendly to power users that like to tweak things, though its market share remains tiny: just 0.11 percent, according to NetMarketShare. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry," 27 Mar. 2019 But while the etchings in tonight's episode are certainly based on real works, and more specifically the collection which recently sold at auction, the show's design team tweaked the images to more resemble the actors. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Etchings of Queen Victoria that Inspired Tonight's Episode of Victoria," 18 Feb. 2019 But all of that changed in recent months after the Canadian government tweaked its laws, causing ultrafiltered milk sales from the United States to drop substantially. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: There are ‘nuggets of truth’ to what Trump says about trade," 10 June 2018 Claire tweaked her Gypsy Rose design, adding a layer of sparkles under the flowy dress's embroidery to boost its glam factor — and a back slit to make sure Linda could easily cartwheel without ripping her gown, the designer wrote in a blog post. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Property Brothers Fans, Bet You Didn't Notice This About Linda Phan's Wedding Dress," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of tweak

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tweak

Verb

probably alteration of Middle English twikken to pull sharply, from Old English twiccian to pluck — more at twitch entry 1

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tweak

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tweak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to change (something) slightly in order to improve it : to make small adjustments to (something)
: to injure (a part of your body) slightly
: to pinch and pull (something) with a sudden movement

tweak

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tweak (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small change made in order to improve something
: a sudden pull or twist that causes a slight injury
: an act of pinching or pulling something

tweak

verb
\ ˈtwēk How to pronounce tweak (audio) \
tweaked; tweaking

Kids Definition of tweak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist Grandpa tweaked my nose.

tweak

noun

Kids Definition of tweak (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of pinching and pulling with a sudden jerk and twist

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