tweak

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verb \ˈtwēk\

Definition of tweak

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make usually small adjustments in or to tweak the controls; especially :  fine-tune

  3. 2 :  to injure slightly

  4. 3 :  to pinch (a person or a body part) lightly or playfully

  5. 4 :  to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist :  twitch tweaked a bud from the stem

  6. 5a :  annoy, bother tweaking the establishmentb :  to criticize especially in a sly or sharp mannerc :  to poke fun at

  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.

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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


TWEAK Defined for English Language Learners

tweak

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verb

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

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verb \ˈtwēk\

Definition of tweak for Students

tweaked

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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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