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[tweek] /twik/
verb (used with object)
to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist:
to tweak someone's ear; to tweak someone's nose.
to pull or pinch the nose of, especially gently:
He tweaked the baby on greeting.
to make a minor adjustment to:
to tweak a computer program.
an act or instance of tweaking; a sharp, twisting pull or jerk.
Origin of tweak
1595-1605; akin to twitch Unabridged
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  • The experiment revealed that the genetic tweaking, indeed, rendered the mice resistant to weight gain.
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  • tweaking about genes is not having the ability to control the genes.
  • Maybe with a little tweaking it could give evolution a run for its money.
  • By tweaking these factors, they should be able to increase the amount of light that the cells absorb.
  • We take pride in building and tweaking the ultimate gaming rig even when it isn't anywhere close.
  • tweaking the composition of a polymer could enable it to detect different sorts of molecules.
  • Creating hydrogen requires merely tweaking the process.
  • But the brain actually works by constantly creating, breaking, and tweaking the synaptic connections between neurons.
  • By tweaking that information using simple illusions, scientists have warped and displaced our sense of self in the lab.
British Dictionary definitions for tweaking


verb (transitive)
to twist, jerk, or pinch with a sharp or sudden movement: to tweak someone's nose
(motor racing, slang) to tune (a car or engine) for peak performance
(informal) to make a minor alteration
an instance of tweaking
(informal) a minor alteration
Derived Forms
tweaky, adjective
Word Origin
Old English twiccian; related to Old High German zwecchōn; see twitch
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Word Origin and History for tweaking



"pinch, pluck, twist," usually to the nose, probably from Old English twiccian "to pluck," of obscure origin; perhaps related to twitch. Meaning "to make fine adjustments" is attested from 1966. Related: Tweaked; tweaking. The noun in this sense is recorded by 1989.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tweaking



Idle talk; blathering (1782+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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