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[pang] /pæŋ/
a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing:
a pang of remorse; a pang of desire.
a sudden, brief, sharp pain or physical sensation; spasm:
hunger pangs.
Origin of pang
1495-1505; origin uncertain
1, 2. twinge, ache, throb, prick, stab. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pangs
  • There is evidence that the breakdown of order could be caused partly by the first pangs of hunger but more likely by panic.
  • Still, the desire to avoid withdrawal pangs may explain why billions of humans so eagerly consume caffeine every day.
  • Frustration set in as my heavy rucksack and sprained ankle started sending pangs of pain throughout my body.
  • The idea is that carbs cause the body to overproduce insulin, a hormone that provokes hunger pangs, which leads to more eating.
  • When legislation results in law-abiding citizens having pangs of conscience, odds are the law is a bad one.
  • Instead of easing their hunger pangs, their first taste only intensified their atavistic urge to eat.
  • Eat lean meats and low-fat dairy products, and have two snacks in between your three main meals to ward off hunger pangs.
  • But she is feeling pangs of remorse about her three-year-old.
  • New research shows that eating more of certain foods can stave off hunger pangs and control calories.
  • Even deeper pangs had troubled parents who knew that candy or soda should be banned but didn't quite have the gumption to do it.
British Dictionary definitions for pangs


a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
Word Origin
C16: variant of earlier prange, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for pangs



1520s, "sudden physical pain," of unknown origin, perhaps related to prong (prongys of deth is recorded from mid-15c.). Reference to mental or emotional pain is from 1560s. Related: Pangs.

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pangs in Medicine

pang (pāng)
A sudden sharp spasm of pain.

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