twig

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[twig]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

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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
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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

twig

1

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 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

twig

2

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

twig

n.

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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