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Definition of twig

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small shoot or branch usually without its leaves
2 : a minute branch of a nerve or artery


twigged; twigging

Definition of twig (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

2 : to understand the meaning of : comprehend

intransitive verb

: to gain a grasp : understand twigged instinctively about things— H. E. Bates

Definition of twig (Entry 3 of 3)


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Other Words from twig

Noun (1)

twigged \ ˈtwigd How to pronounce twigged (audio) \ adjective
twiggy \ ˈtwi-​gē How to pronounce twiggy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of twig in a Sentence

Verb He seemed confused until he twigged that something was going on. I had to explain it to him three times but he finally twigged.

First Known Use of twig

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for twig

Noun (1)

Middle English twigge, from Old English; akin to Old High German zwīg twig, Old English twā two


perhaps from Irish & Scottish Gaelic tuig- understand

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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The first known use of twig was before the 12th century

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“Twig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twig. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of twig

British, informal : to understand (something) suddenly


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Kids Definition of twig

: a small shoot or branch


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Medical Definition of twig

: a minute branch of a nerve or artery twigs of sensory nerves in the skin— Lynda Charters

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