twinge

[ twinj ]
/ twɪndʒ /

noun

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.

Origin of twinge

before 1000; Middle English twengen to pinch, Old English twengan
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British Dictionary definitions for twinge

twinge
/ (twɪndʒ) /

noun

a sudden brief darting or stabbing pain
a sharp emotional panga twinge of guilt

verb

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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Medicine definitions for twinge

twinge
[ twĭnj ]

n.

A sharp, sudden physical pain.

v.

To cause to feel a sharp pain.
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