Tweek or Tweak – Which Spelling Is Correct?

Have you ever heard the words “Tweek” and “Tweak” and wondered what they mean?

We want to find out what “Tweak” – or “Tweek – means, what’s the most appropriate to use it and if there’s anything about it that should be avoided. Soon, you’ll incorporate this new word into your vocabulary.

Tweek or Tweak – Which Spelling Is Correct?

“Tweak” is the correct spelling of this word, which means to make slight changes to something. “Tweak” is a regular verb and you can use it in different tenses if you need to. “Tweek” is a common misspelling of the word. As with any incorrect form, it shouldn’t be used.

tweek or tweak

Take a look at the examples below:

  • The program needed a little tweeking to succeed. (incorrect)
  • The program needed a little tweaking to succeed.

“Tweak” – or any of its variables, such as “Tweaking”, “Tweaked”, etc – is the correct form to use this word in your speeches. “Tweek” is incorrect and should always be avoided.

Keep in mind that when we find a situation in which one word is correct and the other one isn’t, there’s nothing left to do except to use the correct one and scratch off the incorrect one. You can use “Tweak”, and you shouldn’t use “Tweek”.

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Tweek

“Tweek” is an incorrect form of the word “Tweak”. It’s a misspelling, and you should avoid using it. “Tweak” in its correct form indicates a minor change in something, that may need some adjustments.

Is “Tweek” a word? Perhaps one with a different meaning or usage? Looking at The Cambridge Dictionary, we find out it’s not. “Tweek” isn’t a word and should be avoided.

We’ll take a look at some sentences that include the incorrect form “Tweek”, followed by the corrected version of the sentence, using the word “Tweak”.

  1. You should tweek this sentence to make it better. (incorrect)
  2. You should tweak this sentence to make it better.
  1. Sarah decided to tweek her essay before turning it in. (incorrect)
  2. Sarah decided to tweak her essay before turning it in.
  1. The professor told me to tweek the first paragraph. (incorrect)
  2. The professor told me to tweak the first paragraph.

Tweak

“Tweak” is a verb that indicates making small changes to something. When you say something needs a “Tweak” you’re merely suggesting minor changes that won’t affect that thing much. It’s like touching up the details and making minor adjustments.

This is the definition we find in The Cambridge Dictionary for the word “Tweak”: “to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable”.

Let’s look at some good examples:

  1. I feel like the game needs a little more tweaking.
  2. We’re just tweaking a few details, then the website will be complete.
  3. The tweaks were simple, your work was nicely done.
  4. Harry should tweak the last paragraph and improve the ending.
  5. We could make a few tweaks to the menu.

“Tweak” is a way of saying something can be improved, without presenting harsh criticism. Because “Tweak” indicates a minor change, an adjustment in some details, it sounds more palatable than saying something needs to be revised or fixed, for example.

If you want to comment without potentially hurting someone’s feelings, “Tweak” may be a good word to use.

Which Is Used the Most?

Which one of those forms is used more often, “Tweak” or “Tweek”? Take a look at the graph from Google Ngram Viewer below.

tweek or tweak usage

“Tweak”, the correct form of the word, is the one that’s used the most. It’s interesting to notice that the graph shows the word “Tweak” wasn’t very popular until 1980. After that, “Tweak” has grown considerably in use and is now very present in the English language.

“Tweek” appear at the bottom of the graph. This is what we expected to see, considering this is a misspelling, an incorrect form of the word. You should always avoid using it.

Final Thoughts

“Tweak” is the correct form, the accepted spelling for the verb that indicates small, minor changes in something. You can use this word in your daily communications. “Tweek” is a common misspelling for it. As any incorrect word, it should be avoided and never used.