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[twig-ee] /ˈtwɪg i/
adjective, twiggier, twiggiest.
of, relating to, or resembling twigs.
full of twigs.
Origin of twiggy
1555-65; twig1 + -y1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for twiggy
  • To find out, scientists presented some twiggy-looking caterpillars to two sets of hand-reared chicks.
  • All the leaves will soon fall, and the thinner, twiggy branches can be cut back to the more swollen parts.
  • Remove small twiggy branches inside the plant to promote good air circulation.
  • Avoid shearing azaleas since it results in a proliferation of unhealthy, twiggy growth.
  • Avoid shearing since it promotes compact, twiggy growth and injures leaves, making them unsightly.
  • Makes a dense, wide bush but not excessively twiggy.
  • Slender stems stay green even in winter giving the plants a twiggy appearance.
  • However, not all of the needles drop cleanly until the following spring, and mature trees are quite twiggy as well.
  • More importantly, shearing causes the lower part of the shrub to become bare and twiggy.
  • These plants can be shaped into attractive, fire safe specimens by pruning dead and excessively twiggy growth.
British Dictionary definitions for twiggy


adjective -gier, -giest
of or relating to a twig or twigs
covered with twigs
slender or fragile
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Word Origin and History for twiggy

"slender," 1560s, from twig + -y (2). The famous 1960s English model was born Lesley Hornby (1949).

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