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twinge

[twinj] /twɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a sudden, sharp pain:
On damp days, he's often bothered by a twinge of rheumatism.
2.
a mental or emotional pang:
a twinge of guilt; twinges of sorrow.
verb (used with object), twinged, twinging.
3.
to affect (the body or mind) with a sudden, sharp pain or pang.
4.
to pinch; tweak; twitch.
verb (used without object), twinged, twinging.
5.
to have or feel a sudden, sharp pain.
Origin of twinge
1000
before 1000; Middle English twengen to pinch, Old English twengan
Synonyms
1. spasm, cramp, pang, stab.
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twinge

/twɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a sudden brief darting or stabbing pain
2.
a sharp emotional pang: a twinge of guilt
verb
3.
to have or cause to have a twinge
4.
(transitive) (obsolete) to pinch; tweak
Word Origin
Old English twengan to pinch; related to Old High German zwengen
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Word Origin and History for twinge
n.

1540s, "a pinch," from obsolete verb twinge "to pinch, tweak," from Old English twengan "to pinch," of uncertain origin. Meaning "sharp, sudden pain" is recorded from c.1600. Figurative sense (with reference to shame, remorse, etc.) is recorded from 1620s.

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twinge in Medicine

twinge (twĭnj)
n.
A sharp, sudden physical pain. v. twinged, twing·ing, twing·es
To cause to feel a sharp pain.

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