[ 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, twing·ing.

to affect (the body or mind) with a sudden, sharp pain or pang.
to pinch; tweak; twitch.

verb (used without object), twinged, twing·ing.

to have or feel a sudden, sharp pain.

Nearby words

  1. twin-twin transfusion,
  2. twinberry,
  3. twinborn,
  4. twine,
  5. twinflower,
  6. twining,
  7. twinjet,
  8. twink,
  9. twink out,
  10. twinkie

Origin of twinge

before 1000; Middle English twengen to pinch, Old English twengan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for twinge


/ (twɪndʒ) /


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 for twinge

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

Medicine definitions for twinge


[ twĭnj ]


A sharp, sudden physical pain.


To cause to feel a sharp pain.

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