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 Unabridged
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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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