American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant.
- n. Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant.
- v. To observe or notice.
- v. To understand or figure out: "The layman has twigged what the strategist twigged almost two decades ago” ( Manchester Guardian Weekly).
- v. To be or become aware of the situation; understand: "As Europe is now twigging, the best breeding ground for innovators who know how to do business is often big, competitive companies” ( Economist).
- n. Chiefly British The current style; the fashion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, one of the minute branches of a blood-vessel.
- n. A small shoot of a tree or other plant; a small branch; a spray.
- n. A divining-rod.
- n. In ceramics, a thin strip of prepared clay used in modeling a pottery vessel, especially in the imitation basket work common in Leeds pottery.
- To switch; beat.
- To be vigorous or active; be energetic
- To twitch; jerk.
- n. A twitch; a jerk; a quick, sudden pull.
- To notice; observe narrowly; watch.
- To comprehend; understand; perceive; discover.
- To understand; see; “catch on.
- n. A small thin branch of a tree or bush.
- v. transitive To beat with twigs.
- v. colloquial, regional To realise something; to 'catch on'.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Obs. or Scot. To twitch; to pull; to tweak.
- v. colloq. To understand the meaning of; to comprehend; as, do you
- v. To observe slyly; also, to perceive; to discover.
- n. A small shoot or branch of a tree or other plant, of no definite length or size.
- v. To beat with twigs.
- v. branch out in a twiglike manner
- n. a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
- v. understand, usually after some initial difficulty
- From Irish and Scots Gaelic tuig, "to understand" (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English twigge; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.Irish Gaelic tuigim, I understand, from Old Irish tuicim.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When describing my shape, the word twig comes to mind.”
“Each collects a cedar twig from the top of a tree, four equilateral triangular cuts are made with an archaic stone knife, and the twig is snapped off.”
“And, what if the attendant were no longer laughing, but had snapped his twig from the grief of working in this place?”
“How ya gonna keep your feet on the ground, when you Grow Up surrounded by hype and hoopla … As the twig is bent, moreso is the adult …”
“I pulled a twig from the jar I had brought and handed it to him.”
“An article in Kuwait This Month featured the miswak, a twig from the saltbush tree that is employed as a natural toothbrush.”
“And in her practical way she scraped together a small square of dust, and with a twig from a pigeons nest began drawing a map on the floor.”
“She broke a twig from a currant bush and scratched in the dust.”
“– Winter again; the woods are powdered with snow this morning, and every twig is cased in glittering frost-work.”
“The fancy these little creatures have for perching on a dead twig is very marked; you seldom see them alight elsewhere, and the fact that a leafless branch projects from a bush, seems enough to invite them to rest; it was but yesterday we saw two males sitting upon the same dead branch of a honeysuckle beneath the window.”
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