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[twee] /twi/
adjective, Chiefly British
affectedly dainty or quaint:
twee writing about furry little creatures.
Origin of twee
1900-05; apparently reduced from tweet (perhaps via pronunciation twiʔ), mimicking child's pronunciation of sweet Unabridged
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(Brit) excessively sentimental, sweet, or pretty
Derived Forms
tweely, adverb
tweeness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from tweet, mincing or affected pronunciation of sweet
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Word Origin and History for twee

"tiny, dainty, miniature," 1905, from childish pronunciation of sweet.

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  1. To adjust a computer program slightly; refine; fine-tune: Michael's code is elegant stuff, really fun to tweak (1980s+ Computer)
  2. To make minor adjustments; perfect: Is the President going to tweak emissions for seven years and then let them rip?/ He used the core of the President's plan, and from that he did some tweaking (1990s+)

[perhaps a memory of the days when a crystal was tweaked with a ''cat's whisker'' in order to tune a primitive radio receiver]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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