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[twinj] /twɪndʒ/
a sudden, sharp pain:
On damp days, he's often bothered by a twinge of rheumatism.
a mental or emotional pang:
a twinge of guilt; twinges of sorrow.
verb (used with object), twinged, twinging.
to affect (the body or mind) with a sudden, sharp pain or pang.
to pinch; tweak; twitch.
verb (used without object), twinged, twinging.
to have or feel a sudden, sharp pain.
Origin of twinge
before 1000; Middle English twengen to pinch, Old English twengan
1. spasm, cramp, pang, stab. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for twinge
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  • I did have a twinge in the spring,—that cottage is so badly built for draughts! '

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • I felt a twinge in my shoulder and a terrible pain in my eye.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • There was a twinge of pain and a strange stiffness of the elbow.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
  • But in the muttering of this conclusion he experienced a twinge of honesty.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • Moreover, a twinge in his limbs warned him that that plunge in the Jefferson had given him rheumatism for life.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
British Dictionary definitions for twinge


a sudden brief darting or stabbing pain
a sharp emotional pang: a twinge of guilt
to have or cause to have a twinge
(transitive) (obsolete) to pinch; tweak
Word Origin
Old English twengan to pinch; related to Old High German zwengen
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Word Origin and History for twinge

1540s, "a pinch," from obsolete verb twinge "to pinch, tweak," from Old English twengan "to pinch," of uncertain origin. Meaning "sharp, sudden pain" is recorded from c.1600. Figurative sense (with reference to shame, remorse, etc.) is recorded from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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twinge in Medicine

twinge (twĭnj)
A sharp, sudden physical pain. v. twinged, twing·ing, twing·es
To cause to feel a sharp pain.

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