twinge

noun
\ ˈtwinj How to pronounce twinge (audio) \

Definition of twinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

twinge

verb
twinged; twinging\ ˈtwin-​jiŋ How to pronounce twinging (audio) \ or twingeing

Definition of twinge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 dialect : pluck, tweak
2 : to affect with a sharp pain or pang

intransitive verb

: to feel a sudden sharp local pain

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Synonyms for twinge

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of twinge in a Sentence

Noun He felt a twinge of arthritis when he stood up. I still feel an occasional twinge in my leg from the accident. I felt a twinge of guilt. I must admit to a twinge of envy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Back in February, Shelley Wendt felt a twinge under her arm and knew something wasn’t right. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘COVID got me in another way’: An Anchorage cancer patient shares a searing lesson of delay," 6 Sep. 2020 The needle on my heart oscillates wildly, rising with every slight abdominal twinge (must be implantation pains!), then plummeting upon the arrival of my period. refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: I’m In My 20s & My Partner & I Both Struggle With Fertility," 31 Aug. 2020 If only there was a way to outsource all that nagging… Instead of telling your kids to unload the dishwasher for the millionth time, why not program virtual assistants to do it for you, without any twinge of exasperation? Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Kids’ Chores Starting to Bore? New Apps, Assistants and Smart Appliances Can Motivate Them," 18 Aug. 2020 The twinge of self-pity didn’t last, not when others were fighting for their lives or struggling to feed their children. Derek Catron, USA Today, "New York City Ballet soloist won't let coronavirus kill lifelong dream to perform," 9 June 2020 The pain receded, only to spike sporadically over the next days -- twinges of tightness. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Where are the patients?’ People are avoiding doctors, hospitals because of coronavirus worries," 26 May 2020 Stanton was expecting more of the same in 2019, but that was before the first twinge in his biceps. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Giancarlo Stanton Returns, as the Yankees Restock Their Offense," 18 June 2019 For Russell there is a twinge of fear that, at her age, the stories will dry up. Carrie Battan, Town & Country, "Keri Russell Is the Secret Force Behind Star Wars," 25 Nov. 2019 For every ache and twinge, real or phantom, my mind starts looping the phrase Don’t hurt your knee, like a scratch in a record. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "Your Fear of Reinjury Could Get You Hurt Again," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019 The twist, however, is the sauce — a rich, steaming hot broth twinged with tomato and a gentle chile buzz that more closely resembles a soup. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "From tacos to fried chicken: Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in December," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of twinge

Noun

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for twinge

Verb

Middle English twengen, from Old English twengan; akin to Old High German zwengen to pinch

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The first known use of twinge was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

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“Twinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twinge. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for twinge

twinge

noun
How to pronounce twinge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of twinge

: a sudden and usually slight pain
: a sudden slight feeling or emotion

twinge

noun
\ ˈtwinj How to pronounce twinge (audio) \

Kids Definition of twinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden sharp stab (as of pain or emotion) She felt a twinge of envy.

twinge

verb
twinged; twinging or twingeing

Kids Definition of twinge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to affect with or feel a sudden sharp pain or emotion

twinge

noun
\ ˈtwinj How to pronounce twinge (audio) \

Medical Definition of twinge

: a sudden sharp stab of pain

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