- 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 tweaking
Contemporary Examples of tweaking
Some states are now tweaking the standards and dumping the “Common Core” label.The Incredibly Stupid War on the Common Core
Charles Upton Sahm
April 21, 2014
Tweaking the Clintons may help win over Republicans for a presidential bid.Rand Paul Woos the Base With Hot Monica Lewinsky Talk
February 12, 2014
What were some big Cameron suggestions that led to you tweaking your films?Guillermo Del Toro on ‘Cabinet of Curiosities,’ Collaborating with Kanye West, and More
November 8, 2013
For them, tweaking the game, making play as exciting as possible, is a quest in itself.A Game Called The Tribez: Inside the City-Building Behemoth
October 22, 2013
Studios are also tweaking their films to make them more Chinese-friendly.What’s Behind Hollywood’s Asian Flirtation? China’s Box Office
August 3, 2013
Historical Examples of tweaking
"Tweaking his nose," said Captain Giles in a scandalized tone.
Boyd would have enjoyed this game of tweaking a wildcat's tail.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
For Samuel had hold of his ear, and was tweaking it sharply.The Stokesley Secret
Charlotte M. Yonge
He was a very unsatisfactory steward and a miserable wretch besides, but I would just as soon think of tweaking his nose.
"It's just a progressive Christmas pah'ty, grandfathah," she explained, tweaking his ear as she talked.The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation
Annie Fellows Johnston
- 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.