[ pang ]
/ pæŋ /


a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing: a pang of remorse; a pang of desire.
a sudden, brief, sharp pain or physical sensation; spasm: hunger pangs.

Nearby words

  1. paneth's granular cell,
  2. panetière,
  3. panettone,
  4. panfish,
  5. panful,
  6. pang-fou,
  7. panga,
  8. pangaea,
  9. pangender,
  10. pangenesis

Origin of pang

First recorded in 1495–1505; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pang


/ (pæŋ) /


a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger

Word Origin for pang

C16: variant of earlier prange, of Germanic origin

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Word Origin and History for pang



1520s, "sudden physical pain," of unknown origin, perhaps related to prong (prongys of deth is recorded from mid-15c.). Reference to mental or emotional pain is from 1560s. Related: Pangs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pang


[ păng ]


A sudden sharp spasm of pain.

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