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pang

noun \ ˈpaŋ \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of pang

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

Examples of pang in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of pang

origin unknown


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pang

verb

Definition of pang

: to cause to have pangs : torment

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First Known Use of pang

1502

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PANG Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pang for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden, strong feeling of physical or emotional pain


PANG Defined for Kids

pang

noun \ ˈpaŋ \

Definition of pang for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

pang

noun \ ˈpaŋ \

medical Definition of pang

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


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