tweak

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verb

tweaked; tweaking; tweaks

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
5
a
: 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

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noun

plural tweaks
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 tweakLouisa 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
However, Gil’s slider earned more praise from Boone after the pitcher tweaked his grip on the pitch a few weeks back. Gary Phillips, New York Daily News, 13 July 2024 Shooting technique tweaks back home with Pruit made the autonomy look genius. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 3 July 2024
Noun
The show has been the subject of simmering bullying and misconduct concerns for months, and the allegations finally hit boiling point this week, prompting the BBC to fire a professional dancer and make tweaks to Strictly’s production regime. Jake Kanter, Deadline, 20 July 2024 Gail Fitch, Belle Isle park supervisor, said a few tweaks were made so the slide is safer for visitors. Liam Rappleye, Detroit Free Press, 19 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for tweak 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tweak was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Tweak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tweak. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tweak

verb
1
: to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist
2
: to make small adjustments in or to
tweak the controls
3
: to injure slightly
tweak noun

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