tweak

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verb \ˈtwēk\

Definition of tweak

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist :  twitch <tweaked a bud from the stem>

  3. 2 :  to pinch (a person or a body part) lightly or playfully

  4. 3 :  to make usually small adjustments in or to <tweak the controls>; especially :  fine-tune

  5. 4a :  annoy, bother <tweaking the establishment>b :  to criticize especially in a sly or sharp mannerc :  to poke fun at

  6. 5 :  to injure slightly

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  pull, pluck

  9. 2 :  to make small adjustments

tweak

noun

Examples of tweak in a sentence

  1. We just wanted to tweak his original idea a bit.

  2. He tweaked his ankle playing soccer.

  3. My brother hates it when our grandmother tweaks his cheek.

Origin and Etymology of tweak

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


First Known Use: 1601


TWEAK Defined for English Language Learners

tweak

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verb \ˈtwēk\

Definition of tweak for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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tweak

play
verb \ˈtwēk\

Definition of tweak for Students

tweaked

tweaking

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


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tweak

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noun

Definition of tweak for Students

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



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