- to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist: to tweak someone's ear; to tweak someone's nose.
- to pull or pinch the nose of, especially gently: He tweaked the baby on greeting.
- to make a minor adjustment to: to tweak a computer program.
- an act or instance of tweaking; a sharp, twisting pull or jerk.
Origin of tweak
Examples from the Web for tweak
Paul has advised that America should resist those who want to “tweak Russia all the time.”Rand Paul Gives War a Chance
August 18, 2014
But they do need to tweak the formula so that it stays relevant.Burger King’s New French Fries Took Ten Years to Develop
September 24, 2013
Juicy J claims the label wanted them to tweak their sound, transitioning from their crunk roots to more pop-oriented material.Juicy J, Oscar-Winning Former Three 6 Mafia Rapper, on His Triumphant Return
May 22, 2013
He was ready to tweak the cost-of-living formula for Social Security.Lessons From the Fiscal Cliff: the Political Fallout
January 4, 2013
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines By Nic Sheff Tweak is a modern memoir of adolescent and young-adult drug addiction.11 Books of Drug-Fueled Escapades
Brian H. Bookman
June 29, 2012
I have half a mind to go after him and tweak his pigtail soundly.A Chinese Command
This one as you see here would do nothing at all, if he was not afraid of a tweak.'Camilla
He tweaked the string and his tweak was met with uncompromising resistance.The Incredible Honeymoon
I mean no harm; a little mischief only; and, at most, a tweak of one proboscis or more.Confession
W. Gilmore Simms
I must have this paper, and tweak these hypocrites by the nose.Henry VIII And His Court
- to twist, jerk, or pinch with a sharp or sudden movementto tweak someone's nose
- motor racing slang to tune (a car or engine) for peak performance
- informal to make a minor alteration
- an instance of tweaking
- informal a minor alteration
Word Origin and History for tweak
"pinch, pluck, twist," usually to the nose, probably from Old English twiccian "to pluck," of obscure origin; perhaps related to twitch. Meaning "to make fine adjustments" is attested from 1966. Related: Tweaked; tweaking. The noun in this sense is recorded by 1989.