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twinge

noun \ ˈtwinj \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of twinge

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

Examples of twinge in a Sentence

  1. He felt a twinge of arthritis when he stood up.

  2. I still feel an occasional twinge in my leg from the accident.

  3. I felt a twinge of guilt.

  4. I must admit to a twinge of envy.

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First Known Use of twinge

1608

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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twinge

verb

Definition of twinge

twinged; twinging play \ˈtwin-jiŋ\ or twingeing
1 dialect : pluck, tweak
2 : to affect with a sharp pain or pang
: to feel a sudden sharp local pain

Recent Examples of twinge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of twinge

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


TWINGE Defined for English Language Learners

twinge

Definition of twinge for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden and usually slight pain

  • : a sudden slight feeling or emotion


TWINGE Defined for Kids

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twinge

noun \ ˈtwinj \

Definition of twinge for Students

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

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twinge

verb

Definition of twinge for Students

twinged; twinging or twingeing
: to affect with or feel a sudden sharp pain or emotion

Medical Dictionary

twinge

noun \ ˈtwinj \

medical Definition of twinge

: a sudden sharp stab of pain


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