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 twinge (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 Brookside at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena Back in May, when L.A. teen punks the Linda Lindas went ultra-viral after their set in the Cypress Park branch of the L.A. public library, Sean Miyashiro felt a warm twinge of nostalgia. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Any other wife, watching, might have felt joy at this show of love, a small twinge of jealousy that she was excluded. Karen Brown, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2021 Humphrey appeared to feel a twinge of pain in his groin or core area and fell awkwardly to the ground. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 17 Aug. 2021 Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said Wentz left practice early Thursday after feeling a twinge in his foot. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2021 Shaune Miller-Uibo, who focused on the 200 after winning gold at 400 meters in Rio, came in last after pulling up with a twinge in her hamstring. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Soon, visitors were arriving in Provincetown in waves, something Ms. Peskin watched with a twinge of apprehension. New York Times, 31 July 2021 So, there's that that little twinge of connection that can feel really cathartic. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 18 June 2021 Adding a twinge of nostalgia to your backyard, a clothesline provides a rustic look to any home. Chris Hachey, BGR, 16 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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“Twinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twinge. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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