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twig1

[twig] /twɪg/
noun
1.
a slender shoot of a tree or other plant.
2.
a small offshoot from a branch or stem.
3.
a small, dry, woody piece fallen from a branch:
a fire of twigs.
4.
Anatomy. one of the minute branches of a blood vessel or nerve.
Origin
950
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
Related forms
twigless, adjective
twiglike, adjective

twig2

[twig] /twɪg/
verb (used with object), twigged, twigging.
1.
to look at; observe:
Now, twig the man climbing there, will you?
2.
to see; perceive:
Do you twig the difference in colors?
3.
to understand.
verb (used without object), twigged, twigging.
4.
to understand.
Origin
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

twig3

[twig] /twɪg/
noun, British
1.
style; fashion.
Origin
1805-15; origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for twigs
  • The earliest versions were probably twigs used to retrieve food from cooking pots.
  • The soft-bodied animals, a fraction of an inch long, resemble twigs and gumdrops in shape.
  • As the helicopter lands, they turn away, shielding their eyes from the dust and twigs kicked up by the rotors.
  • We still get a fair amount of dirt in the water, and twigs and such in the food.
  • After much mating, females sow eggs among the twigs.
  • Others may have singed their facial hair with burning twigs.
  • In the past few years the trees have sprouted new twigs and saplings are taking root.
  • Its fibrous twigs were laced with fluoride and antiseptics.
  • With the twigs removed, they sift the leaves and run them through their fingers, crumbling them into little pieces.
  • The boys sat outside her house and made kites from tissue paper and twigs.
British Dictionary definitions for twigs

twig1

/twɪɡ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
twiglike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English twigge; related to Old Norse dvika consisting of two, Old High German zwīg twig, Old Danish tvige fork

twig2

/twɪɡ/
verb (Brit, informal) twigs, twigging, twigged
1.
to understand (something)
2.
to find out or suddenly comprehend (something): he hasn't twigged yet
3.
(transitive) (rare) to perceive (something)
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Gaelic tuig I understand
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Word Origin and History for twigs

twig

n.

Old English twigge, from Proto-Germanic *twigan (cf. Middle Dutch twijch, Dutch twijg, Old High German zwig, German Zweig "branch, twig"), from the root of twi- (see twin), here meaning "forked" (as in Old English twisel "fork, point of division").

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