twinge

noun
\ ˈtwinj \

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 \ 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

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 Anyone might feel a twinge of guilt at not regularly visiting all the great venues for visual art in the Bay Area. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Three SF galleries under the radar but worth seeking out," 16 May 2018 Even so, as Brehme struck the ball into the bottom left corner of Sergio Goycochea’s net, there must have been a twinge of regret for Matthäus. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 7 Weeks to Go - The Flawed Genius of the Great Lothar Matthäus," 2 May 2018 Feeling a twinge from that wound seems like the most logical explanation of them all — except William was shot long after the night Juliette died, which wouldn’t explain the gesture way back then unless some timeline trickery was being used. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 9: Vanishing Point," 18 June 2018 Barry felt a twinge of passion at the sight of a Bloomberg up and running. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 The insertion process, which can range from feeling like a slight twinge to being surprisingly painful, involves your doctor pushing the folded up IUD past your cervix and into your uterus via a slim applicator tube, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Can My IUD Fall Out if I Have Rough Sex?," 14 June 2018 Manager Jeff Banister said that Martin felt a twinge in a hamstring while pouring onto the field and was unavailable to pitch in the 3-2 loss in 11 innings. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Collision didn't leave Chirinos miffed at Kemp. So, what did?," 13 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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More Definitions for twinge

twinge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of twinge

: a sudden and usually slight pain

: a sudden slight feeling or emotion

twinge

noun
\ ˈtwinj \

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 \

Medical Definition of twinge 

: a sudden sharp stab of pain

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