Main definitions of twig in English

: twig1twig2

twig1

noun

  • 1A slender woody shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub.

    • ‘But not all shrubs have dormant buds, and these shrubs won't grow new twigs if pruned too severely.’
    • ‘A large volume of soil can thus be sampled by analyzing appropriate parts of a tree, such as twigs, needles, leaves, or bark.’
    • ‘A short and crooked trunk supports its broad range of slender branches and thick twigs.’
    • ‘A beaver's diet is strictly vegetarian; they feed throughout the year on bark, twigs, tree buds, grass, berries, lily roots, and other aquatic plants.’
    • ‘The twigs are placed around the base of the plant and folded over at the centre so the fine network of branches supports the plants as they grow up through the twigs.’
    • ‘He reached above his head, and tore some seemingly dried leaves and twigs from the tree and placed them between two deep uncovered thick roots.’
    • ‘For the first time this year I wore shorts outdoors while I wandered about the front garden and driveway, picking up sticks and fallen twigs from the oak tree.’
    • ‘Even snow will bend the smaller twigs mainly in this direction, since these twigs are more or less hanging down from the trees.’
    • ‘I looked over and there was a squirrel picking itself up off the ground and heading for another tree, some twigs and leaves still falling above it.’
    • ‘Sound wave vibrations are absorbed by leaves, branches and twigs of trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘If you have shrubs grown for their colored twigs, you will want to selectively prune these, too.’
    • ‘In many parts of the world, ants set up house in hollow swellings that form on tree twigs or leaves.’
    • ‘She broke a twig from a nearby tree and began poking it into the soft ground in a desperate effort to busy herself.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds spend around 80% of their time sitting on twigs, shrubs, and other available resting places.’
    • ‘Mom said they looked more like twigs than trees.’
    • ‘The wounded tree responds by sprouting a compact bundle of slender twigs.’
    • ‘Mac snapped a small twig from a tree branch and began slowly wandering around the clearing, twisting the stick in his fingers.’
    • ‘I ran towards a tree and grabbed some twigs and a branch.’
    • ‘I heard him again, running around the tree and dragging twigs along behind him.’
    • ‘The nest is a platform or shallow cup of twigs and stems built on a crevice, cliff, tree or the ground.’
    small branch, shoot, offshoot, stem, scion
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  • 2Anatomy
    A small branch of a blood vessel or nerve.

    ‘cutaneous nerve twigs’
    • ‘This small twig arises from the thoracic aorta near the right intercostobronchial artery.’
    • ‘On the left side of this specimen, this twig arose as a branch of the vertebral artery, the inferior thyroid artery being absent.’
    • ‘The lateral terminal branch of the deep peroneal nerve sends fibers to the extensor digitorum brevis muscle and articular twigs to the tarsal joints.’

Origin

Old English twigge, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch twijg and German Zweig, also to twain and two.

Pronunciation

twig

/twɪɡ/

Main definitions of twig in English

: twig1twig2

twig2

verb

[no object]British
informal
  • 1Understand or realize something.

    ‘it was amazing that Graham hadn't twigged before’
    • ‘This is before he twigs that his German friend is gay.’
    • ‘Rhodri then twigged and had a good chuckle about it.’
    • ‘I guess we should have twigged then that something funny was up, and if we didn't (which we didn't) we should have spotted that both products were on the same page.’
    • ‘Like scatty professors who see things working in theory and wonder if they would also work in practice, they might have twigged that this huge hit to the public's pocket hasn't made much, if any, difference to consumption.’
    • ‘We're sitting in the middle of a gay pub, and - typically for a bunch of straight guys, I muse - they haven't twigged at all.’
    • ‘I think I've twigged who David Blunkett's greatest inspiration might be.’
    • ‘I've just twigged that it always coincides with someone entering next-door's house.’
    • ‘Horror films had been at it since the 1930s but the big change began in the 1970s, as executives twigged that there might be added mileage in follow-up stories.’
    • ‘They've obviously twigged that a lot of people will do the same as that package is rising the most from £33 to £36.’
    • ‘I know that the rules have gotten mighty complicated but surely the Chelsea players should have twigged that players are frequently booked for goal celebrations?’
    • ‘It's a safe bet that a good many Simpsons buffs snicker at the Comic Book Guy without quite twigging that they are, in fact, laughing at themselves.’
    • ‘Firstly, thanks to her advice I've twigged how to post images via an ftp program and secondly, due to my lack of knowledge, I no longer need a haircut as I've torn most of my hair out during the day.’
    • ‘Oddly, despite his astonishing sense for what is on the radar of pop culture, Fred hasn't quite twigged that its a little hard to create an air of mystery over release dates and album titles when Amazon is already carrying the information.’
    • ‘He twigged they wanted someone who'd appear to be ‘not that sort of chap’ to provide some much-needed grit in the mix and declined politely.’
    • ‘It was only in the car on the way home that I twigged that of course the prices will be going up at the beginning of January so it would not be cheaper at all.’
    • ‘He would talk about anything but dentistry apparatus while I was in the chair - probably because he twigged quite quickly that conversation about dentistry made me cry.’
    • ‘Before his cover was blown, Baron Cohen managed to interview a staggering array of public figures without them twigging he was play acting.’
    • ‘Once they twigged what was going on, these unwitting subscribers then found it ‘very difficult’ to opt out of the scheme.’
    • ‘I should have twigged that it was going to be an exciting ride after the driver twice started to set off, whilst my wife and friend were getting in the car.’
    • ‘As you may have twigged, there is a strong sense of propriety in Lauren, which is rather endearing in one so young.’
    realize, understand, grasp, comprehend, take in, fathom, apprehend, perceive, see, recognize
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    1. 1.1archaic with object Perceive; observe.
      ‘nine days now since my eyes have twigged any terra firma’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

twig

/twɪɡ/