pang

noun
\ˈpaŋ \

Definition of pang 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief piercing spasm of pain the pangs of childbirth

2 : a sharp attack of mental anguish pangs of remorse a pang of guilt a pang of disappointment

pang

verb
panged; panging; pangs

Definition of pang (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to have pangs : torment

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Synonyms for pang

Synonyms: Noun

ache, pain, prick, shoot, smart, sting, stitch, throe, tingle, twinge

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Examples of pang in a Sentence

Noun

those hunger pangs that strike you in the middle of the afternoon

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Duncan, for all of his unparalleled excellence, was prone to occasional pangs of self-doubt. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker’s pride drove Spurs until the end," 6 July 2018 As is always the case with awards nominations, for every happy person who received an Emmy nomination Thursday morning, several others probably suffered a few pangs of disappointment. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Here's who got snubbed at the Emmy nominations," 12 July 2018 But besides low white blood cell counts and some serious hunger pangs, they were all said to be in good health. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Daring Rescue that Saved the Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 The next generation of Deans—16 cousins, including me—is united by the same anticipation and grief that our parents felt in the station wagon, those pangs of summer’s looming end. Pat Cunnane, WSJ, "Goodbye to Summer, Just as It Begins," 5 July 2018 The combination is sublime and satisfies a pang for comfort food. BostonGlobe.com, "George’s Coney Island turns 100," 26 June 2018 So smoothly did the Calidore handle transitional moments that all of its eerie reveries, pangs, and mysteries flowed into a single current toward final ethereal resignation. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Calidore String Quartet makes gorgeous Philadelphia debut in Caroline Shaw works," 14 May 2018 In hopes of minimizing fans' hunger pangs, June's Diary cradled the crowd with their dreamy set. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Jussie Smollett Shows Promise as R&B Mainstay in New York Show," 28 May 2018 The findings are particularly relevant in the age of social media, when photos of exes, and the resulting pangs of love, may come up frequently. Andrew Gregory, Time, "The Best Way To Get Over a Breakup, According to Science," 29 May 2018

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Its sonic trappings are in vogue, but thanks in large part to front-woman Fox Rodemich’s memorable voice, which pangs around the record like a cave bellow, there’s an outlying classic quality to these songs. Dylan Owens, The Know, "The week in local albums: Shady Elders, Otis Taylor and Gasoline Lollipops," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of pang

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1502, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pang

Noun

origin unknown

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The first known use of pang was in the 15th century

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pang

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pang

: a sudden, strong feeling of physical or emotional pain

pang

noun
\ˈpaŋ \

Kids Definition of pang

: a sudden sharp feeling of physical pain or emotion hunger pangs a pang or guilt

pang

noun
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Medical Definition of pang 

: a brief piercing spasm of pain — see birth pang, hunger pangs

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