twinge


1twinge

verb \ˈtwinj\
twingedtwing·ing \ˈtwin-jiŋ\ or twinge·ing

Definition of TWINGE

transitive verb
1
dial :  pluck, tweak
2
:  to affect with a sharp pain or pang
intransitive verb
:  to feel a sudden sharp local pain

Origin of TWINGE

Middle English twengen, from Old English twengan; akin to Old High German zwengen to pinch
First Known Use: before 12th century

2twinge

noun

: a sudden and usually slight pain

: a sudden slight feeling or emotion

Full Definition of TWINGE

1
:  a sudden sharp stab of pain
2
:  a moral or emotional pang <a twinge of conscience> <a twinge of sympathy>

Examples of TWINGE

  1. He felt a twinge of arthritis when he stood up.
  2. I still feel an occasional twinge in my leg from the accident.
  3. I felt a twinge of guilt.
  4. I must admit to a twinge of envy.

First Known Use of TWINGE

1608

twinge

noun \ˈtwinj\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TWINGE

: a sudden sharp stab of pain

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