from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant.
- n. Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant.
- transitive v. To observe or notice.
- transitive v. To understand or figure out: "The layman has twigged what the strategist twigged almost two decades ago” ( Manchester Guardian Weekly).
- intransitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small thin branch of a tree or bush.
- v. To beat with twigs.
- v. To realise something; to 'catch on'.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To twitch; to pull; to tweak.
- transitive v. To understand the meaning of; to comprehend; as, do you twig me?
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To beat with twigs.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
Old English twigge, from Proto-Germanic *twīgan (compare West Frisian twiich, Dutch twijg, German Zweig), from Proto-Indo-European *dwigha (compare Old Church Slavonic dvigŭ 'branch', Albanian degë 'id.'), from *dwó 'two'. More at two. (Wiktionary)
From Irish and Scots Gaelic tuig, "to understand" (Wiktionary)