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Definition of "twig" []

  • A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant. (noun)
  • Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant. (noun)
  • To observe or notice. (verb-transitive)
  • To understand or figure out: "The layman has twigged what the strategist twigged almost two decades ago” ( Manchester Guardian Weekly). (verb-transitive)
  • 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). (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "twig" in a sentence
  • "When describing my shape, the word twig comes to mind."
  • "Each collects a cedar twig from the top of a tree, four equilateral triangular cuts are made with an archaic stone knife, and the twig is snapped off."
  • "And, what if the attendant were no longer laughing, but had snapped his twig from the grief of working in this place?"