There are 2 main definitions of twig in English:

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Syllabification: twig


1A slender woody shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub.
Example sentences
  • Sound wave vibrations are absorbed by leaves, branches and twigs of trees and shrubs.
  • But not all shrubs have dormant buds, and these shrubs won't grow new twigs if pruned too severely.
  • I ran towards a tree and grabbed some twigs and a branch.
1.1 Anatomy A small branch of a blood vessel or nerve.
Example sentences
  • The lateral terminal branch of the deep peroneal nerve sends fibers to the extensor digitorum brevis muscle and articular twigs to the tarsal joints.
  • This small twig arises from the thoracic aorta near the right intercostobronchial artery.
  • On the left side of this specimen, this twig arose as a branch of the vertebral artery, the inferior thyroid artery being absent.


Old English twigge, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch twijg and German Zweig, also to twain and two.



Example sentences
  • What causes spots on a red twigged dogwood bush?


Pronunciation: /ˈtwiɡē/
Example sentences
  • The only problem with these particular daffodils is their rather thin stems that tend to fall in strong winds or heavy rain and they are best planted with twiggy deciduous shrubs to provide support for their early flowers.
  • As the leaves fall off the trees, leaving twiggy skeletons to draw broken brush strokes on the sky, I add further layers to my outdoor clothing.
  • In flower-beds, stake tall perennials such as delphiniums and hollyhocks by using canes for individual flower stems or by pushing twiggy prunings from shrubs and trees into or around the clump.

Words that rhyme with twig

big, brig, dig, fig, gig, grig, jig, lig, pig, prig, rig, snig, sprig, swig, tig, trig, Whig, wig

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There are 2 main definitions of twig in English:

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twig 2 Syllabification: twig

verb (twigs, twigging, twigged)

[no object] British informal
1Understand or realize something: it was amazing that Graham hadn’t twigged before
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  • Before his cover was blown, Baron Cohen managed to interview a staggering array of public figures without them twigging he was play acting.
  • This is before he twigs that his German friend is gay.
  • It's a safe bet that a good many Simpsons buffs snicker at the Comic Book Guy without quite twigging that they are, in fact, laughing at themselves.
1.1 [with object] archaic Perceive; observe: nine days now since my eyes have twigged any terra firma


Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

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