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[twinj] /twɪndʒ/
a sudden, sharp pain:
On damp days, he's often bothered by a twinge of rheumatism.
a mental or emotional pang:
a twinge of guilt; twinges of sorrow.
verb (used with object), twinged, twinging.
to affect (the body or mind) with a sudden, sharp pain or pang.
to pinch; tweak; twitch.
verb (used without object), twinged, twinging.
to have or feel a sudden, sharp pain.
Origin of twinge
before 1000; Middle English twengen to pinch, Old English twengan
1. spasm, cramp, pang, stab. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for twinge
  • 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.
  • The sensation of getting stung ranges from a twinge to tingling to savage agony.
  • Many who have insurance run to the doctor for every little twinge.
  • Environmentalists may feel a twinge of fear at this burgeoning romance with motoring.
  • There is no incentive not to indulge the slightest twinge.
  • The corruption in these bad old days was so brazen that the reader cannot help feeling a twinge of admiration.
  • The resort to euphemism denotes, no doubt, a guilty conscience or-the same thing nowadays-a twinge in the public-relations nerve.
British Dictionary definitions for twinge


a sudden brief darting or stabbing pain
a sharp emotional pang: a twinge of guilt
to have or cause to have a twinge
(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

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

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