- 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 tweaked
Contemporary Examples of tweaked
Almost every aspect of it has been tweaked and most of it has been radically changed.PlayStation 4 Review: The PS4 and the Gorgeous Next Generation of Gaming
November 15, 2013
He tweaked his racquet size, the tennis equivalent of flailing in the water.Roger Federer’s U.S. Open Defeat Was Bad, but He’s Not Dead Yet
September 3, 2013
A joint goes around, and one of my pals was bogarting it—he took a hit that got him so tweaked he forgot to pass it.Getting a Mile High: Legally Stoned in Colorado After Initiative 64
January 19, 2013
Lehrer is the first to say that there is room for improvement and that the format should be “tweaked.”Jim Lehrer: ‘I Have No Apologies’ for My Debate Moderator Performance
October 5, 2012
The president did say, however, that the program needs to be "tweaked."WATCH VIDEO: Best Moments From the First Presidential Debate
Jake Heller, Ben Teitelbaum
October 4, 2012
Historical Examples of tweaked
Returning swiftly to the castle, she tweaked the giant's big toe.The Magic Soap Bubble
"Yes, grandpapa," Miriam answered meekly, and tweaked Helen's toe.Moor Fires
E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
He tweaked the string and his tweak was met with uncompromising resistance.The Incredible Honeymoon
But not a feather was tweaked out, or even disturbed, that I could see.Riverby
Finally one, bolder than the rest, came up and tweaked her sleeve.The Four Corners in Japan
Amy Ella Blanchard
- 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 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.