twinge

[twinj]
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:
before 1000; Middle English twengen to pinch, Old English twengan


1. spasm, cramp, pang, stab.
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twinge (twɪndʒ)
 
n
1.  a sudden brief darting or stabbing pain
2.  a sharp emotional pang: a twinge of guilt
 
vb
3.  to have or cause to have a twinge
4.  obsolete (tr) to pinch; tweak
 
[Old English twengan to pinch; related to Old High German zwengen]

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twinge
1548, "a pinch," from obsolete verb twinge "to pinch, tweak," from O.E. twengan "to pinch," of uncertain origin. Meaning "sharp, sudden pain" is recorded from 1608. Fig. sense (with ref. to shame, remorse, etc.) is recorded from 1622.
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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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Example sentences
At this instant his left arm was laid hold of, and he felt a smart twinge of
  pain in it.
The use of the word trashy caused a sharp mental twinge.
He said that this could be only a twinge of pain or could last for a couple of
  hours, and occurred once or twice.
About three weeks after the work incident the claimant was bowling when he felt
  a sharp twinge beneath his right shoulder blade.
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