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.
to affect (the body or mind) with a sudden, sharp pain or pang.
to pinch; tweak; twitch.
to have or feel a sudden, sharp pain.
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How to use twinge in a sentence
She had just arrived in Ireland for a trip in 2018 when she started feeling a twinge at the base of her pinkie.How to avoid ‘smartphone pinkie’ and other pains and problems from being glued to your phone | Allyson Chiu | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
You can prime your muscles to avoid the painful twinge of startled neurons, according to Jeffrey Jenkins, a physiologist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.You can injure yourself stretching—but it’s not easy | empire | July 8, 2021 | Popular-Science
Some saw him as a mentor, others as a collaborator, me with the twinge of regret for not being remotely brave enough to appreciate the brief window into this gentle giant for the luck of the encounter.
That night as I got into bed I had a twinge of regret, but told myself that once she was in the care center, interviewing her would be the perfect activity for a visit, an excellent way to pass a few hours.What I Wish I’d Done Before I Lost My Daughter and Mother | Maryanne O’Hara | April 8, 2021 | Time
There’s a unique twinge of betrayal at the core of whatever Levine’s death has left me holding.James Levine was a powerful maestro, but an even more powerful myth | Michael Andor Brodeur | March 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Impossibly, even through thick glass, I felt a twinge of vertigo.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope | Anthony Haden-Guest | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kandynce remained where she was and evidenced not a twinge of self-pity.
But he acknowledges a twinge of regret during the newsroom announcement Thursday.
What Rock created, then, is a twinge of nostalgia for a twinge of nostalgia.Gwyneth Paltrow and the Rise of the Country Carpetbagger | Bryan Curtis | January 6, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
They no doubt felt a twinge of satisfaction but it could only have been momentary.
The Colonel's countenance fell, and there was an awful twinge in his foot, but he didn't mind it.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
He was not sure whether Bruslart had spoken the truth, he did not much care, yet he felt a twinge of conscience.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
Not the most discerning observer would have imagined he felt a twinge of regret over his failure.Red Pepper Burns | Grace S. Richmond
She had a sudden twinge of jealousy, swallowed up by an immense tenderness.Four Days | Hetty Hemenway
Such a twinge came to him now as he watched the stout figure at the table.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
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
(tr) obsolete to pinch; tweak
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