Definition of tweener in English:



  • 1US informal A person or thing considered to be in between two other recognized categories or types.

    • ‘Price considered him a tweener, too small for a lineman and too big for a linebacker’
    • ‘That has come into vogue and you have players who used to be considered tweeners, really just undersized defensive ends, being projected to what is a need position now.’
    • ‘The Texans have added two tweeners, but nothing they have done in the NFL to date suggests that either of these linebackers will upgrade the Houston pass rush.’
    • ‘While both belong in the back end of a rotation, our next three pitchers are tweeners.’
    • ‘He was a bit of a tweener - not really a true point guard or shooting guard at 6'3.’
    • ‘He is a classic tweener.’
    • ‘The Pro Bowl team is picked with a 4-3 defense in mind, and Smith - a 3-4 end who would be a tweener on some four-man fronts - ultimately gets snubbed here.’
    • ‘Smith, a tweener, started three years at left end in the Redhawks' 4-3 defense after beginning his redshirt freshman year at linebacker when that position was depleted by injuries.’
    • ‘At 6-feet - 10, 240 pounds, he is the definition of a tweener, a small forward buried inside a power forward's body.’
    • ‘Baxter's a bit of a tweener - not big enough to lead block, not quite fast enough to be the every down back in the NFL, despite his productivity in college.’
    • ‘As far as coaching, he qualifies as a coaching tweener: too successful to go back to being an assistant but not seasoned enough to warrant another head coaching job.’
    • ‘A tweener who was a 4-3 defensive end in college, Washington signed with the Texans after the draft and was cut at the end of training camp.’
    • ‘He is sort of a tweener, because he could also be in Group Four.’
    • ‘Sizewise, he is what I'd call a tweener.’
    • ‘Respect has been hard to come by for the Syracuse product, who was touted as an underachiever in college is expected to be a tweener in the pros.’
    • ‘They felt he was a limited guy, sort of a safety-linebacker tweener who lacked size at linebacker and speed at safety.’
    • ‘Huber was the prized jewel of the Met system a few years ago, but became a bit of a tweener between catcher and first base in recent years.’
    • ‘He is a classic tweener - an edge rusher who is somewhere between a defensive end and an outside linebacker.’
    • ‘The tweeners found it a rough night in the trenches.’
    • ‘He is the classic NBA tweener, shooting a high percentage, but struggling against the bigger bodies down low.’
    • ‘He's just what the Knicks need, another tweener who is too slow to play small forward and too soft to play power forward.’
    1. 1.1
      short for tweenager
      ‘All those remote-control toys bought for tweeners get played with for an hour or two and then get sunk into the miasma of a child's bedroom.’
      • ‘Seven quick ticks on a stopwatch is all the time they have to win over the world's most discerning consumers: toddlers, grade-schoolers, and tweeners.’
      • ‘He clearly adores his kids, who are all stalwart, funny and, for tweeners, preternaturally considerate.’
      • ‘And here it is, gussied up, cleaned off, and served to this goggling tweener / early teen audience as hip.’
      • ‘I'd like item and brand suggestions for other beauty/health products that appeal to tweener girls.’



/ˈtwēnər/ /ˈtwinər/