twinge

1 of 2

noun

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

twinge

2 of 2

verb

twinged; twinging ˈtwin-jiŋ How to pronounce twinge (audio) or twingeing

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to feel a sudden sharp local pain

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Except for a slight twinge during a shot of Novocaine, Kihanna didn’t seem nervous at all. oregonlive, 4 Dec. 2022 The undemanding plot and shiny visuals might be enough to quiet a room full of kids for a half-hour at a time, and possibly even elicit a twinge of nostalgia or two in their Millennial parents. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2022 And unlike Nixon, Trump never resigned or indicated even the slightest twinge of remorse for his actions. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 23 July 2022 Barber’s is grizzled and soulful, while Mr. Strings’ is piercing with a twinge of vulnerability. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 Still, watching a writer-director as obviously brilliant as Rian Johnson play the hits does come with a twinge of disappointment. Katie Rife, Chron, 22 Nov. 2022 And for those of us feeling the familiar internal twinge of body resentment and apprehension, Foster calls to social community as a tool of body assurance. Marielle Elizabeth, Vogue, 10 Oct. 2022 Because, even with the relaxed vibe, who’s not still feeling a twinge of anxiety these days? Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2022 Monk fruit is employed as a sweetener, but there is, again, a distinct twinge of artificiality following us around. Maggie Lange, Bon Appétit, 22 July 2022
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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Twinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twinge. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

twinge

1 of 2 verb
twinged; twinging ˈtwin-jiŋ How to pronounce twinge (audio) or twingeing
: to affect with or feel a sudden sharp pain

twinge

2 of 2 noun
1
: a sudden sharp stab of pain
2
: moral or emotional distress
a twinge of regret

Medical Definition

twinge

noun
: a sudden sharp stab of pain

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