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[twig] /twɪg/ British
verb (used with object), twigged, twigging.
to look at; observe:
Now, twig the man climbing there, will you?
to see; perceive:
Do you twig the difference in colors?
to understand.
verb (used without object), twigged, twigging.
to understand.
Origin of twig2
1755-65; < Irish tuigim I understand, with English w reflecting the offglide before i of the velarized Irish t typical of southern Ireland; cf. dig2 Unabridged
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  • It happened, however, that I twigged this scheme about two hours ago.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • I twigged it pretty sharp, and so did Trim, and there was a regular stampede.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • We will say you had done the trick, and that I had twigged you.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • Very soon after Rose twigged Pietrie, who at once confessed, and was caned.

    Eric, or Little by Little Frederic W. Farrar
  • I twigged his face when Buller stood up, and he looked as vexed as possible.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • I mean you'll get twigged for a midnight spread, that's all.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • My sisters used to be there, so I twigged at once that you were Brackenfielders.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • Then he twigged, and, hastily knocking Bill down, he boarded the train with Amelia.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • But Dick twigged, on a moment's reflection, what the drift was.

  • That I'm sure, if he'd twigged arf a chance, he'd a chucked me slap into the Rhine.

British Dictionary definitions for twigged


any small branch or shoot of a tree or other woody plant
something resembling this, esp a minute branch of a blood vessel
Derived Forms
twiglike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English twigge; related to Old Norse dvika consisting of two, Old High German zwīg twig, Old Danish tvige fork


verb (Brit, informal) twigs, twigging, twigged
to understand (something)
to find out or suddenly comprehend (something): he hasn't twigged yet
(transitive) (rare) to perceive (something)
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Gaelic tuig I understand
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Word Origin and History for twigged



Old English twigge, from Proto-Germanic *twigan (cf. Middle Dutch twijch, Dutch twijg, Old High German zwig, German Zweig "branch, twig"), from the root of twi- (see twin), here meaning "forked" (as in Old English twisel "fork, point of division").

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