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tweak

 (twēk)
v. tweaked, tweak·ing, tweaks
v.tr.
1. To pinch, pluck, or twist sharply: tweaked her sister's ear.
2. To adjust; fine-tune: tweaked her computer setup.
3. To make fun of; tease.
v.intr. Slang
1. To behave in an agitated or compulsive manner, especially when under the influence of a stimulant drug.
2. To be under the influence of a stimulant drug, especially methamphetamine.
n.
1. A sharp, twisting pinch.
2. A small adjustment: made a few tweaks to the sound system.
3. A teasing remark or action; a joke.

[Probably variant of dialectal twick, from Middle English twikken, from Old English twiccian.]

tweak′er n.
tweak′y adj.

tweak

(twiːk)
vb (tr)
1. to twist, jerk, or pinch with a sharp or sudden movement: to tweak someone's nose.
2. (Automotive Engineering) motor racing slang to tune (a car or engine) for peak performance
3. informal to make a minor alteration
n
4. an instance of tweaking
5. informal a minor alteration
[Old English twiccian; related to Old High German zwecchōn; see twitch]
ˈtweaky adj

tweak

(twik)

v.t.
1. to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist: to tweak someone's ear.
2. to make a minor adjustment to: to tweak a computer program.
n.
3. an act or instance of tweaking.
[1595–1605; akin to twitch]

tweak


Past participle: tweaked
Gerund: tweaking

Imperative
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Present
I tweak
you tweak
he/she/it tweaks
we tweak
you tweak
they tweak
Preterite
I tweaked
you tweaked
he/she/it tweaked
we tweaked
you tweaked
they tweaked
Present Continuous
I am tweaking
you are tweaking
he/she/it is tweaking
we are tweaking
you are tweaking
they are tweaking
Present Perfect
I have tweaked
you have tweaked
he/she/it has tweaked
we have tweaked
you have tweaked
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Past Continuous
I was tweaking
you were tweaking
he/she/it was tweaking
we were tweaking
you were tweaking
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Past Perfect
I had tweaked
you had tweaked
he/she/it had tweaked
we had tweaked
you had tweaked
they had tweaked
Future
I will tweak
you will tweak
he/she/it will tweak
we will tweak
you will tweak
they will tweak
Future Perfect
I will have tweaked
you will have tweaked
he/she/it will have tweaked
we will have tweaked
you will have tweaked
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Future Continuous
I will be tweaking
you will be tweaking
he/she/it will be tweaking
we will be tweaking
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tweaking
you have been tweaking
he/she/it has been tweaking
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you have been tweaking
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tweaking
you will have been tweaking
he/she/it will have been tweaking
we will have been tweaking
you will have been tweaking
they will have been tweaking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tweaking
you had been tweaking
he/she/it had been tweaking
we had been tweaking
you had been tweaking
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Conditional
I would tweak
you would tweak
he/she/it would tweak
we would tweak
you would tweak
they would tweak
Past Conditional
I would have tweaked
you would have tweaked
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tweak - a squeeze with the fingerstweak - a squeeze with the fingers    
squeeze, squeezing - the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"
Verb1.tweak - pinch or squeeze sharplytweak - pinch or squeeze sharply    
nip, pinch, tweet, twinge, twitch, squeeze - squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
2.tweak - pull or pull out sharplytweak - pull or pull out sharply; "pluck the flowers off the bush"
draw, pull, force - cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
draw off, draw away, pull off - remove by drawing or pulling; "She placed the tray down and drew off the cloth"; "draw away the cloth that is covering the cheese"
tweeze - pluck with tweezers; "tweeze facial hair"
3.tweak - adjust finelytweak - adjust finely; "fine-tune the engine"
tune, tune up - adjust for (better) functioning; "tune the engine"

tweak

verb
1. twist, pull, pinch, jerk, squeeze, nip, twitch He tweaked my ear roughly.
2. adjust, improve, alter, adapt, modify, refine, make adjustments to, make improvements to, make alterations to, change The system should get better as engineers tweak its performance.
noun
1. twist, pull, squeeze, pinch, jerk, nip, twitch a tweak on the ear
2. modification, change, improvement, adjustment, adaptation, alteration, refinement no radical changes - just a tweak here and there
Translations
قَرْصَهيَقْرُص أذْن الطِّفِل
kroutitškubnoutzakroucení
hivhive
klíping, klíprykkja
iekniebtkniebiensspēji parautspējš rāviens
prostituta
çimdiklemeçimdiklemek

tweak

[twiːk]
A. N
1. (= pull) → pellizco m
to give sb's nose/ear a tweakpellizcar a algn la nariz/la oreja
2. (= small alteration) → pequeño retoque m
B. VT
1. (= pull) → pellizcar
2. (= alter slightly) → retocar ligeramente

tweak

[ˈtwiːk] vt [+ nose] → pincer; [+ ear, hair] → tirer

tweak

vt
(= pull gently)kneifen; she tweaked (back) the curtainsie schob den Vorhang etwas zur Seite; to tweak somebody’s earjdn am Ohr ziehen; to tweak somebody’s nose (lit)jdn an der Nase ziehen; (fig)jdm eins auswischen (inf); to tweak something off/outetw abkneifen/auszupfen
(inf) enginehochfrisieren (inf)
(inf: = alter slightly) system, rules, schedule, textherumdoktern an (+dat) (inf)
n
(= gentle pull) to give something a tweakan etw (dat)(herum)zupfen; to give somebody’s ear/nose a tweakjdn am Ohr/an der Nase ziehen
(inf: = slight alteration: to system, rules, schedule, text) → kleine Änderung; to give something a tweak (system, rules, schedule, text)an etw (dat)herumdoktern (inf)

tweak

[twiːk]
1. n to give sb's nose/ear a tweakdare un pizzicotto sul naso/una tirata d'orecchie a qn
2. vt (nose) → pizzicare; (ear, hair) → tirare

tweak

(twiːk) verb
to pull with a sudden jerk.
noun
a sudden sharp pull. He gave her nose a playful tweak.

tweak

vt (fam) usar metanfetamina
References in classic literature ?
For caresses, too, I now got grimaces; for a pressure of the hand, a pinch on the arm; for a kiss on the cheek, a severe tweak of the ear.
Again: because it is a general complaint, that the favourites of princes are troubled with short and weak memories; the same doctor proposed, "that whoever attended a first minister, after having told his business, with the utmost brevity and in the plainest words, should, at his departure, give the said minister a tweak by the nose, or a kick in the belly, or tread on his corns, or lug him thrice by both ears, or run a pin into his breech; or pinch his arm black and blue, to prevent forgetfulness; and at every levee day, repeat the same operation, till the business were done, or absolutely refused.
Archie laughed, and Rose, seeing a merry blue eye winking at her from behind two brown hands, gave Charlie's ear a friendly tweak, and extended the olive-branch of peace.
Newman returned no answer to this compliment, but looked over Ralph's shoulder for an instant, (he was adjusting the collar of the spencer behind, just then,) as if he were strongly disposed to tweak him by the nose.
But when the watchman gave no reply, the merry roysterer, who was now returning home from a noisy drinking bout, took it into his bead to try what a tweak of the nose would do, on which the supposed sleeper lost his balance, the body lay motionless, stretched out on the pavement: the man was dead.
You know--at least, I know in my own case--when a man has said to me, 'So-and-so's a pretty girl,' I am seized with a momentary sourness against So-and-so, and long to tweak her ear.
Many a budding president has walked into my room with his cap on his head and his hands in his pockets, and stared at me for two whole hours: occasionally refreshing himself with a tweak of his nose, or a draught from the water-jug; or by walking to the windows and inviting other boys in the street below, to come up and do likewise: crying, 'Here he is
His forehead was narrow, his face wide, his head large, and his nose all on one side, as if Nature, indignant with the propensities she observed in him in his birth, had given it an angry tweak which it had never recovered.
Mr Chuckster waxed wroth at this answer, and without applying the remark to any particular case, mentioned, as a general truth, that it was expedient to break the heads of Snobs, and to tweak their noses.
The diplomas had been presented, and each girl, after giving furtive touches to her hair, sly tweaks to her muslin skirts, and caressing pats to her sash, had gone forward to receive the roll of parchment with a bow that had been the subject of anxious thought for weeks.
He bounced out at her from behind doors, booed at her in dark entries, clutched her feet as she went up stairs, startled her by shrill whistles right in her ear, or sudden tweaks of the hair as he passed her in the street; and as sure as there was company to dinner, he fixed his round eyes on her, and never took them off till she was reduced to a piteous state of confusion and distress.
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