What does tweak mean?

Definitions for tweak

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tweak.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pinch, tweakverb

    a squeeze with the fingers

  2. tweakverb

    pinch or squeeze sharply

  3. pluck, tweak, pull off, pick offverb

    pull or pull out sharply

    "pluck the flowers off the bush"

  4. fine-tune, tweakverb

    adjust finely

    "fine-tune the engine"


  1. tweaknoun

    A sharp pinch or jerk; a twist or twitch.

    a tweak of the nose.

  2. tweaknoun

    Trouble; distress; tweag.

  3. tweaknoun

    A slight adjustment or modification.

    He is running so many tweaks it is hard to remember how it looked originally.

  4. tweaknoun

    A prostitute.

  5. tweakverb

    To pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist; to twitch.

    to tweak the nose.

  6. tweakverb

    To adjust slightly; to fine-tune.

    If we tweak the colors towards blue, it will look more natural.

  7. tweakverb

    To twit or tease.

  8. tweakverb

    To abuse methamphetamines, especially crystal meth.

  9. Etymology: From twikken, from twiccian, cognate with twitch.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tweague, Tweaknoun

    Perplexity; ludicrous distress. A low word.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    This put the old fellow in a rare tweague. Arbuthnot.

  2. To Tweag, To Tweakverb

    To pinch; to squeeze betwixt the fingers.

    Etymology: It is written tweag by Stephen Skinner, but tweak by other writers; twacken, German.

    Who calls me villain, breaks my pate across,
    Tweaks me by the nose. William Shakespeare.

    To rouse him from lethargick dump,
    He tweak’d his nose. Samuel Butler.

    Look in their face, they tweak’d your nose. Jonathan Swift.


  1. tweak

    Tumor necrosis factor ligand superfamily member 12 also known as TNF-related weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) is a protein that in humans is encoded by the TNFSF12 gene.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tweakverb

    to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist; to twitch; as, to tweak the nose

  2. Tweaknoun

    a sharp pinch or jerk; a twist or twitch; as, a tweak of the nose

  3. Tweaknoun

    trouble; distress; tweag

  4. Tweaknoun

    a prostitute


  1. Tweak

    Tweak was an Alternative rock band from South Africa. Members of the band formed Crashcarburn after members parted ways in 2006 to pursue personal projects.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tweak

    twēk, v.t. to twitch, to pull: to pull with sudden jerks.—n. a sharp pinch or twitch: any perplexity. [A by-form of twitch.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. tweak

    1. To change slightly, usually in reference to a value. Also used synonymously with twiddle. If a program is almost correct, rather than figure out the precise problem you might just keep tweaking it until it works. See frobnicate and fudge factor; also see shotgun debugging. 2. To tune a program; preferred usage in the U.K.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tweak in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tweak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tweak in a Sentence

  1. Bryan Steil:

    It shifts who the government is supporting. So under current policy, they support the individual who then uses those funds. The new model would be directly to the providers, by making this tweak, under federal law, it prevents them for paying for the facilities if worship is done.

  2. Yvonne Maffei:

    This is sort of a baseline recipe that people can tweak with their own edits.

  3. Donovan Mitchell:

    I feel like I was able to go back, but no need to risk it down 16, 18 at that point, it doesn’t make sense to go back out there and possibly tweak it. Just rest and get ready for the next game. Mitchell missed his first four shots, including a pair of drives to the basket, and didn’t make his first basket until there was 7:34 left in the second quarter. He then proceeded to score Utah's next 16 points, which included four 3-pointers. It was the first time in his last 23 games that Mitchell had gone scoreless in the first quarter.

  4. Olivier Jolliet:

    The index is primarily there to help aid in selecting and using calories consumed on a daily basis to tweak a minimum of habits and make the minimum of change to obtain a maximum benefit for health and the environment from our food experience.

  5. Paul Alexander:

    The reports must be read by someone outside of CDC like myself, and we cannot allow the reporting to go on as it has been, for it is outrageous. Its lunacy, nothing to go out unless I read and agree with the findings how they CDC, wrote it and I tweak it to ensure it is fair and balanced and complete.

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  • štípnoutCzech
  • RetuscheGerman
  • prostituta, retoqueSpanish
  • nipistää, virittääFinnish
  • tordre, coup sec, personnaliser, ajustement, ajuster, retoucher, retoucheFrench
  • miglioria, modifica, pizzicotto, ansietà, tirata di naso, agitazione, pizzicare, ritoccoItalian
  • trekken, knijpen, draaien, bijstellingDutch
  • uszczypnąćPolish
  • prostituta, ansiedade, retoquePortuguese
  • отладка, настроить, отладить, щипать, настраивать, поправка, корректировка, настройка, щипок, ущипнуть, отлаживатьRussian
  • justering, finjusteringSwedish
  • kesme alma, çimdik, makas alma, fāhişe, cimdiklemekTurkish

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