twig

1
[ twig ]
/ twɪg /

noun

a slender shoot of a tree or other plant.
a small offshoot from a branch or stem.
a small, dry, woody piece fallen from a branch: a fire of twigs.
Anatomy. one of the minute branches of a blood vessel or nerve.

Origin of twig

1
before 950; Middle English; Old English twig, twigge, orig. (something) divided in two; akin to Old High German zwīg (German Zweig), Dutch twijg; compare Sanskrit dvikás double

Related forms

twig·less, adjectivetwig·like, adjective

Definition for twig (2 of 3)

twig

2
[ twig ]
/ twɪg /
British

verb (used with object), twigged, twig·ging.

to look at; observe: Now, twig the man climbing there, will you?
to see; perceive: Do you twig the difference in colors?
to understand.

verb (used without object), twigged, twig·ging.

to understand.

Origin of twig

2
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

Definition for twig (3 of 3)

twig

3
[ twig ]
/ twɪg /

noun British.

style; fashion.

Origin of twig

3
First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for twig (1 of 2)

twig

1
/ (twɪɡ) /

noun

any small branch or shoot of a tree or other woody plant
something resembling this, esp a minute branch of a blood vessel

Derived Forms

twiglike, adjective

Word Origin for twig

Old English twigge; related to Old Norse dvika consisting of two, Old High German zwīg twig, Old Danish tvige fork

British Dictionary definitions for twig (2 of 2)

twig

2
/ (twɪɡ) /

verb twigs, twigging or twigged British informal

to understand (something)
to find out or suddenly comprehend (something)he hasn't twigged yet
(tr) rare to perceive (something)

Word Origin for twig

C18: perhaps from Gaelic tuig I understand
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