- The definition of a twig is a small branch on a tree.
A little tree branch growing off of a larger branch is an example of a twig.
Origin: Middle English twigge from OE, akin to German zweig from Indo-European an unverified form dwigho- from base an unverified form dwu-, two: probably with reference to the forking of the twig
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- A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant.
- Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English twigge; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
verb twigged twigged, twig·ging, twigs Chiefly British verb, transitive
- To observe or notice.
- To understand or figure out: “The layman has twigged what the strategist twigged almost two decades ago” (Manchester Guardian Weekly).
Origin: Irish Gaelic tuigim, I understand, from Old Irish tuicim.
noun Chiefly British
Origin: Origin unknown.