tweak

verb
\ ˈtwēk How to pronounce tweak (audio) \

Definition of tweak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
5a : 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

noun
plural tweaks

Definition of tweak (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Glendale City Council members are still tweaking rules to regulate Airbnb and other short-term rental practices. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale officials soften proposed Airbnb rules," 13 Sep. 2019 After suffering a hamstring injury, the defender tweaked a quad and was still waiting on results Tuesday to decide on the best course of action moving forward. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City embraces high stakes as Lions chase playoff bid," 12 Sep. 2019 But now Marsh Dog has partnered with a larger manufacturer, tweaked its production process and set its sights on building the brand. Victoria Dodge, USA TODAY, "A rodent-like pest destroying the Louisiana coast finds new enemy in dog treat business," 7 Sep. 2019 These products, tweaked for continued use in space, are also being marketed to commercial greenhouse owners. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Can Spaceflight Save the Planet?," 6 Sep. 2019 Costumes were tweaked, if need be, after watching dailies at the end of a shoot day, since Tarantino doesn’t use camera monitors on set. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," 24 July 2019 But to make this a success, the Legislature may have to tweak the state’s graduation requirements, and provide more money for career counseling, said state Superintendent Chris Reykdal. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.," 31 Oct. 2018 This year, show house committee members are hoping that tweaking their approach might help boost that figure. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Old World grandeur meets homey in historic Ellicott City show house," 13 Sep. 2019 This then helps him tweak the contrast and brightness, if needed. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Are you ready for the full moon? Here's how to take the best photos," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tweak

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tweak

Verb

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

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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of tweak was in 1601

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tweak

verb
How to pronounce tweak (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tweak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tweak (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small change made in order to improve something
: a sudden pull or twist that causes a slight injury
: an act of pinching or pulling something

tweak

verb
\ ˈtwēk How to pronounce tweak (audio) \
tweaked; tweaking

Kids Definition of tweak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tweak

noun

Kids Definition of tweak (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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