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: a brief piercing spasm of pain
the pangs of childbirth
: a sharp attack of mental anguish
pangs of remorse
a pang of guilt
a pang of disappointment


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panged; panging; pangs

transitive verb

: to cause to have pangs : torment

Examples of pang in a Sentence

Noun those hunger pangs that strike you in the middle of the afternoon
Recent Examples on the Web
Caffeine is an effective appetite suppressant that will keep hunger pangs at bay. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 While oats definitely have more of the stuff than some other grains—sorry, rice—folks may find that its five grams per one half cup serving isn’t enough on its own to meet that goal and ward off hunger pangs. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 1 Apr. 2024 That beats a game that would start in the midafternoon, when Mr. Khalifa’s hunger pangs and unquenchable thirst would be at their worst. Dave Skretta, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2024 There's a familiar pang of regret that comes for many NCAA basketball tournament fans every March. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024 Recently, as the lights of Toronto met me on a return flight home, I was hit with pangs of homesickness for the city of my youth. Heather Greenwood Davis, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 The WhatsApp group for parents from Sydney was abuzz with pangs of despair and grief. Damien Cave, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Hypnotized by the image, Romeo felt a pang of regret. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 My stomach felt empty, every growling pang a sign that my body was mourning the loss of carrying another human, and longed to be filled again. Hetty Lui McKinnon, Bon Appétit, 19 Feb. 2024
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, 16 Feb. 2017

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1502, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a sudden sharp attack of pain or distress

Medical Definition


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

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