1 [twig]
a slender shoot of a tree or other plant.
a small offshoot from a branch or stem.
a small, dry, woody piece fallen from a branch: a fire of twigs.
Anatomy. one of the minute branches of a blood vessel or nerve.

before 950; Middle English; Old English twig, twigge, orig. (something) divided in two; akin to Old High German zwīg (German Zweig), Dutch twijg; compare Sanskrit dvikás double

twigless, adjective
twiglike, adjective Unabridged


2 [twig] British.
verb (used with object), twigged, twigging.
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, twigging.
to understand.

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


3 [twig]
noun British.
style; fashion.

1805–15; origin uncertain Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
twig1 (twɪɡ)
1.  any small branch or shoot of a tree or other woody plant
2.  something resembling this, esp a minute branch of a blood vessel
[Old English twigge; related to Old Norse dvika consisting of two, Old High German zwīg twig, Old Danish tvige fork]

twig2 (twɪɡ)
vb , twigs, twigging, twigged
1.  to understand (something)
2.  to find out or suddenly comprehend (something): he hasn't twigged yet
3.  rare (tr) to perceive (something)
[C18: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic tuig I understand]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. twigge, from P.Gmc. *twigan (cf. M.Du. twijch, Du. twijg, O.H.G. zwig, Ger. Zweig "branch, twig"), from the root of twi- (see twin), here meaning "forked" (as in O.E. twisel "fork, point of division"). Twiggy "slender" is recorded from 1562.
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Computing Dictionary

TWIG definition

Tree-Walking Instruction Generator.
A code generator language. ML-Twig is an SML/NJ variant.
["Twig Language Manual", S.W.K. Tijang, CS TR 120, Bell Labs, 1986].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Wanda then picked up a small twig, perched herself on a sapling branch, and
  poked her stick in a downward direction.
Traditionally, biologists have celebrated the trunk, branch and twig system of
  a tree as no accident.
He could scarce believe his eyes when he found a twig of an oak, which he
  plucked from the branch, become gold in his hand.
The disease is caused by a non-native fungus which is transmitted by small twig
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