View synonyms for tweaking


[ twee-king ]


  1. the act of pinching and pulling something with a jerk and twist:

    A slight tweaking of his lips and a furrowing of his brow expressed his disapproval.

  2. the act of making minor adjustments to something:

    A mere tweaking of some bit of technology is not going to fix this massive problem.

  3. the act of annoying, teasing, or making fun of someone:

    The movie seems like it might be an affectionate tweaking of the nerd generation.

  4. Slang. the act of using methamphetamine, cocaine, or other stimulant drugs, or of behaving wildly or erratically under their influence (usually followed by out ):

    Why do people take stuff they’re "not sure of" and then complain about tweaking out—or worse, ending up in the hospital?

  5. Slang. the act of behaving or causing someone to behave in a wildly excited or agitated manner (usually followed by out ); freaking out:

    What with his tweaking out over every little mistake, the boss hasn’t been anyone's hero of late.


  1. making minor adjustments to something:

    I’m so happy with the sound—a huge antidote for me coming from the ever tweaking, never satisfied audiophile world.

  2. Slang. behaving in a wildly excited or agitated manner, especially as an effect of using methamphetamine, cocaine, or other stimulant drugs:

    He was pacing around and bursting in and out of emotional fits like a tweaking junkie.

  3. Slang. (used as an intensifier):

    What kind of a tweaking idiot would do that?


  1. Slang. (used as an intensifier):

    These fudge brownies are tweaking amazing.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tweaking1

First recorded in 1610–20; tweak + -ing 1 for the noun senses; tweak + -ing 2 for the adjective and adverb senses
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Example Sentences

They use AI to make intelligent tweaks specific to your image, based on its content and the results of Google’s research.

The deeper you go down the coverage rabbit hole, the more you’ll notice that many of the adjustments and tweaks are spokes off different coverage hubs.

Once those ads were approved and in Facebook’s system, money continued to pump into campaigns, and the ads were put through a constant set of tweaks and changes redirecting them toward a few battleground states.

While some performance flannels incorporate technical features galore, ranging from stretchy look-alike fabrics to hidden zipper pockets, Pearl Izumi’s Rove is a simpler rendition with just the necessary bike-friendly tweaks.

There are a few graphical upgrades and a few new gameplay tweaks, but if you played 2018’s Spider-Man, you pretty much know what to expect.

Some states are now tweaking the standards and dumping the “Common Core” label.

Tweaking the Clintons may help win over Republicans for a presidential bid.

What were some big Cameron suggestions that led to you tweaking your films?

For them, tweaking the game, making play as exciting as possible, is a quest in itself.

Studios are also tweaking their films to make them more Chinese-friendly.

At present all that ever reached her was a slight disarrangement, a minute tweaking of one of her quilts.

Eight years later he came again, and, after tweaking her nose, ate a little haggis.

At last she lit on the side of a thistle, and tweaking out a fibre flew with it to the nest.

For Samuel had hold of his ear, and was tweaking it sharply.

She found him working the ride, Hilda back in the maintenance bay, tweaking some of the robots.


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