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

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

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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

The Escapist Clutch The first twinge of spring is sure to stir a bit of wanderlust. Vogue, "5 Spring Essentials to Stock Up On," 19 Mar. 2019 So watching Hulu's PEN15, a coming-of-age comedy following two seventh grade girls in the year 2000, was a mixed experience: The rush of seeing the early aughts return, the uncomfortable twinges from remembering the growing pains of those years. Bonnie Stiernberg, Glamour, "I Wish Every Teen Girl Would Watch Hulu's PEN15," 10 Mar. 2019 Anyone who knows anything about the Romanovs should feel a twinge of foreboding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What's the Story With The Romanoffs Controversial Opening Credits?," 27 Oct. 2018 And so the world felt a twinge of pride when Virgin Galactic succeeded today, reaching the lower edge of suborbital space with SpaceShipTwo. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 See: Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow's British twinges and, more recently, Lindsay Lohan's bizarre, vaguely Eastern European dialect. Andrea Park, Glamour, "People Are Now Even More Convinced That Meghan Markle Has Taken on a Slight British Accent," 26 Sep. 2018 See: Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow's British twinges and Lindsay Lohan's vaguely Eastern European dialect that popped up a couple years ago. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "People Think Meghan Markle Is Speaking with a British Accent," 26 Sep. 2018 Even with their 11-4 record, the Pirates must feel a twinge of regret. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: David Price's New Vantage Point, Joe Mauer's Hall of Fame Candidacy and a Possible Reboot of the '86 Postseason," 16 Apr. 2018 Tell me this doesn't give you a twinge of nostalgia. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Brace Yourselves For Timothée Chalamet & Steve Carrell In First Beautiful Boy Trailer," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Over time, all that stress catches up to you, leaving the front of your shoulder joints twinging with every rep. Lauren Bedosky, SELF, "Why Your Wrists and Shoulders Hurt During Push-Ups and Planks—and How to Fix It," 3 Sep. 2017 A few minutes later, when his crossover and soaring dunk put the Warriors up 22-3, worries that Durant’s twinged calf muscle would slow him were out the window. Anthony Slater, The Mercury News, "Warriors smack Blazers in Game 4 rout, complete dominant first round sweep," 24 Apr. 2017 Bar Botellón, named for the endlessly popular Spanish tradition of public drinking, embraces this style, offering fusion-y bites of Spanish tortilla twinged with lemon rind or crostini topped with a pimento spread. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland's 10 best* Spanish restaurants," 7 June 2017 The result is an often heartfelt, always clean set with a focus on families and small-town life, all twinged with a healthy dose of non-sequitur madness (his Instagram account, for example, consists mostly of photos of tomatoes). Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Comedian Joe Pera brings his grandfatherly stylings to Philadelphia this weekend," 16 June 2017

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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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twinge

noun

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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