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twig 1

 (twĭg)
n.
1. A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant.
2. Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant.

[Middle English, from Old English twigge; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]

twig 2

 (twĭg)
v. twigged, twig·ging, twigs Chiefly British
v.tr.
1. To observe or notice.
2. To understand or figure out: "The layman has twigged what the strategist twigged almost two decades ago" (Manchester Guardian Weekly).
v.intr.
To be or become aware of the situation; understand: "As Europe is now twigging, the best breeding ground for innovators who know how to do business is often big, competitive companies" (Economist).

[Perhaps from Irish Gaelic tuig-, stem of tuigim, I understand, from Old Irish tuicim.]

twig 3

 (twĭg)
n. Archaic
The current style; the fashion.

[Origin unknown.]

twig

(twɪɡ)
n
1. (Botany) any small branch or shoot of a tree or other woody plant
2. (Anatomy) 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]
ˈtwigˌlike adj

twig

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

twig1

(twɪg)

n.
a small, thin offshoot of a wooden branch or stem.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English twig, twigge; akin to Middle Low German twīch, Old High German zwīg (akin to twi-)]
twig′gy, adj. -gi•er, -gi•est.

twig2

(twɪg)

v. twigged, twig•ging. Brit. v.t.
1. to look at; observe.
2. to understand.
v.i.
3. to understand.
[1755–65; probably < base of Irish tuigim I understand; compare dig2]

twig


Past participle: twigged
Gerund: twigging

Imperative
twig
twig
Present
I twig
you twig
he/she/it twigs
we twig
you twig
they twig
Preterite
I twigged
you twigged
he/she/it twigged
we twigged
you twigged
they twigged
Present Continuous
I am twigging
you are twigging
he/she/it is twigging
we are twigging
you are twigging
they are twigging
Present Perfect
I have twigged
you have twigged
he/she/it has twigged
we have twigged
you have twigged
they have twigged
Past Continuous
I was twigging
you were twigging
he/she/it was twigging
we were twigging
you were twigging
they were twigging
Past Perfect
I had twigged
you had twigged
he/she/it had twigged
we had twigged
you had twigged
they had twigged
Future
I will twig
you will twig
he/she/it will twig
we will twig
you will twig
they will twig
Future Perfect
I will have twigged
you will have twigged
he/she/it will have twigged
we will have twigged
you will have twigged
they will have twigged
Future Continuous
I will be twigging
you will be twigging
he/she/it will be twigging
we will be twigging
you will be twigging
they will be twigging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been twigging
you have been twigging
he/she/it has been twigging
we have been twigging
you have been twigging
they have been twigging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been twigging
you will have been twigging
he/she/it will have been twigging
we will have been twigging
you will have been twigging
they will have been twigging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been twigging
you had been twigging
he/she/it had been twigging
we had been twigging
you had been twigging
they had been twigging
Conditional
I would twig
you would twig
he/she/it would twig
we would twig
you would twig
they would twig
Past Conditional
I would have twigged
you would have twigged
he/she/it would have twigged
we would have twigged
you would have twigged
they would have twigged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twig - a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division)twig - a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
brier - a thorny stem or twig
branch - a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
wand - a thin supple twig or rod; "stems bearing slender wands of flowers"
withy, withe - strong flexible twig
Verb1.twig - branch out in a twiglike mannertwig - branch out in a twiglike manner; "The lightning bolt twigged in several directions"
furcate, branch, fork, ramify, separate - divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"
2.twig - understand, usually after some initial difficultytwig - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
apprehend, comprehend, get the picture, grok, savvy, grasp, compass, dig - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

twig

1
noun branch, stick, sprig, offshoot, shoot, spray, withe There was a slight sound of a twig breaking underfoot.

twig

2
verb (Brit. informal) understand, get, see, find out, grasp, make out, rumble (Brit. informal), catch on (informal), comprehend, fathom, tumble to (informal) By the time she'd twigged what it was all about, it was too late.

twig

verb
Chiefly British. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Scots: ken.
Translations
غُصَيْن
větvička
kvist
varpu
sproti, kvistur
小枝気づく
zariņš
vejica
kvist
ince dalsürgün

twig

1 [twɪg] N
1. [of wood] → ramita f
2. twigs (for fire) → leña f menuda

twig

2 [twɪg] (Brit)
A. VT (= understand) → caer en la cuenta de
B. VIcaer en la cuenta

twig

[ˈtwɪg]
nbrindille f
vtpiger
vipiger

twig

1
n (= thin branch)Zweig m

twig

2 (Brit inf)
vt (= realize)mitkriegen (inf), → mitbekommen; when she saw his face, she twigged his secretals sie sein Gesicht sah, erriet sie sein Geheimnis (inf); he’s twigged iter hats kapiert (inf)
vischalten (inf), → es mitkriegen (inf)or mitbekommen

twig

1 [twɪg] nramoscello

twig

2 [twɪg] vt & vi (fam) → capire

twig

(twig) noun
a small branch of a tree. The ground was covered with broken twigs.

twig

n. terminación o rama diminuta de un nervio o de una arteria.
References in classic literature ?
He broke a twig from a bush, dipped it into a pool of blood and wrote rapidly.
For when the dead-leaf butterfly is in danger, it clings to the side of a twig, and what it says to its foe is practically this: "I am not a butterfly, I am a dead leaf, and can be of no use to thee.
I have hit an ash twig at forty yards," said Little John.
Slowly the lion rose, and as he rose, a twig snapped beneath one of his great, padded paws.
He seemed, for example, to recall characters in them who had the knack of going through forests without letting a single twig crack beneath their feet.
Now, I saw the damp lying on the bare hedges and spare grass, like a coarser sort of spiders' webs; hanging itself from twig to twig and blade to blade.
He looked at the forest on the bank of the stream, saw the individual trees, the leaves and the veining of each leaf -- he saw the very insects upon them: the locusts, the brilliant bodied flies, the gray spiders stretching their webs from twig to twig.
Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home, as he rode through a green copse, a hazel twig brushed against him, and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away; and when he got home he gave it to his daughter.
At first they could not break it, but when they took it twig by twig they broke it easily.
A twig cracked sharply under Pollyanna's foot, and the man turned his head.
In pain the birdcatcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing.
The green and budding twigs may represent existing species; and those produced during each former year may represent the long succession of extinct species.