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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twigged

Historical Examples of twigged

  • It happened, however, that I twigged this scheme about two hours ago.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • I twigged it pretty sharp, and so did Trim, and there was a regular stampede.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • We will say you had done the trick, and that I had twigged you.

    Caught In The Net

    Emile Gaboriau

  • Very soon after Rose twigged Pietrie, who at once confessed, and was caned.

    Eric, or Little by Little

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • I twigged his face when Buller stood up, and he looked as vexed as possible.

British Dictionary definitions for twigged




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



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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Word Origin and History for twigged



Old English twigge, from Proto-Germanic *twigan (cf. Middle Dutch twijch, Dutch twijg, Old High German zwig, German Zweig "branch, twig"), from the root of twi- (see twin), here meaning "forked" (as in Old English twisel "fork, point of division").

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