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[twig] /twɪg/ British
verb (used with object), twigged, twigging.
1.
to look at; observe:
Now, twig the man climbing there, will you?
2.
to see; perceive:
Do you twig the difference in colors?
3.
to understand.
verb (used without object), twigged, twigging.
4.
to understand.
Origin of twig2
1755-1765
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
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Examples from the Web for twigged
Historical Examples
  • 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

twig1

/twɪɡ/
noun
1.
any small branch or shoot of a tree or other woody plant
2.
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

twig2

/twɪɡ/
verb (Brit, informal) twigs, twigging, twigged
1.
to understand (something)
2.
to find out or suddenly comprehend (something): he hasn't twigged yet
3.
(transitive) (rare) to perceive (something)
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Gaelic tuig I understand
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Word Origin and History for twigged

twig

n.

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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