- 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.
Origin of twinge
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Related Wordsache, shiver, pang, spasm, prick, stitch, throb, pinch, bite, gripe, throe, twist, stab, misery, twitch, tweak, smart, tic
Examples from the Web for twinge
Impossibly, even through thick glass, I felt a twinge of vertigo.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
Kandynce remained where she was and evidenced not a twinge of self-pity.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
May 14, 2014
But he acknowledges a twinge of regret during the newsroom announcement Thursday.Jill Abramson: The NYT's New Executive Editor
June 2, 2011
What Rock created, then, is a twinge of nostalgia for a twinge of nostalgia.Gwyneth Paltrow and the Rise of the Country Carpetbagger
January 6, 2011
They no doubt felt a twinge of satisfaction but it could only have been momentary.How to Get Revenge Online
December 3, 2010
The generous "twinge of pain," to which she confesses, was intelligible.De Libris: Prose and Verse
"She would," averred Barry stoutly, over the twinge of an inner qualm.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
She had a twinge of pity, watching the old faces pale and kindle.Stories of a Western Town
That gate he saw, with a twinge of conscience, was wide open.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The young man felt a sudden pang of compunction, a twinge of conscience.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- a sudden brief darting or stabbing pain
- a sharp emotional panga twinge of guilt
- to have or cause to have a twinge
- (tr) obsolete to pinch; tweak
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.
- A sharp, sudden physical pain.
- To cause to feel a sharp pain.