Tweek vs Tweak what difference

what is difference between Tweek and Tweak


Etymology 1



tweek (plural tweeks)

  1. A form of atmospherics (radio interference) produced when the high-frequency components reach the receiver before the low-frequency components.

Etymology 2



  1. Misspelling of tweak.



From Middle English twikken, from Old English twiccian (to pluck), from Proto-West Germanic *twekkōn (to fasten; clamp; pinch). Related to twitch.


  • IPA(key): /twiːk/
  • Rhymes: -iːk


tweak (third-person singular simple present tweaks, present participle tweaking, simple past and past participle tweaked)

  1. (transitive) To pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist; to twitch.
  2. (transitive, informal) To adjust slightly; to fine-tune.
  3. (transitive) To twit or tease.
  4. (intransitive, US, slang) To abuse methamphetamines, especially crystal meth.
  5. (intransitive, US, slang) To exhibit symptoms of methamphetamine abuse, such as extreme nervousness, compulsiveness, erratic motion, excitability; possibly a blend of twitch and freak.
  6. (intransitive, US, slang) To exhibit extreme nervousness, evasiveness when confronted by law enforcement or other authority (e.g., customs agents, border patrol, teacher, etc.), mimicking methamphetamine abuse symptoms.

Derived terms

  • (drug abuser): tweaker, (US)
  • (drug abuse): tweaking



tweak (plural tweaks)

  1. A sharp pinch or jerk; a twist or twitch.
  2. A slight adjustment or modification.
  3. Trouble; distress; tweag.
  4. (obsolete, slang) A prostitute.
  5. (cryptography) An additional input to a block cipher, used in conjunction with the key to select the permutation computed by the cipher.



  • Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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