tweak·​er ˈtwē-kər How to pronounce tweaker (audio)
plural tweakers
: one who makes minor adjustments to something (such as electronic equipment) to improve its performance or effectiveness : a person who tweaks something
This set-it-and-forget-it approach may seem inconceivable to tweakers, but this isn't a piece of gear you want to be playing around with on a daily basis.Ron Goldberg, Home Theater, May 1997
slang : a person who illicitly uses methamphetamine and especially crystal meth
When he got like this, his neighbors would scream at him and threaten to call the cops, but they were tweakers too.Joseph Wambaugh, Finnegan's Week, 1994
The community, it turned out, was rife with methamphetamine users—"tweakers"—who would load up on the homemade speed and stay up for three days grinding their teeth and taking apart carburetors for fun.Dan McGraw, U.S. News & World Report, 2 Mar. 1998

Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tweaker was in 1980

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“Tweaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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