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tweak

verb \ ˈtwēk \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of tweak

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
1 : pull, pluck
2 : to make small adjustments

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.

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Origin and Etymology of tweak

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

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tweak

noun

Definition of tweak

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 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

First Known Use of tweak

1616

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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TWEAK Defined for Kids

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tweak

verb \ ˈtwēk \

Definition of tweak for Students

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

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tweak

noun

Definition of tweak for Students

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


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