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twinge

Syllabification: twinge
Pronunciation: /twinj
 
/

Definition of twinge in English:

noun

1A sudden, sharp localized pain: he felt a twinge in his knee
More example sentences
  • Halfway through the day I turned my head and felt a sudden twinge of pain.
  • The sharp twinge of pain combined with suddenly rising to his feet must have induced a vasovagal attack.
  • His battered stomach muscles - constricted from lack of use - sent a sharp twinge of pain skittering across his abdomen.
Synonyms
pain, spasm, ache, throb;
cramp, stitch
1.1A brief experience of an emotion, typically an unpleasant one: Kate felt a twinge of guilt
More example sentences
  • Naturally, I'll experience a twinge of envy as employed friends brag about their party excesses.
  • If you are now experiencing a twinge of embarrassment, it is probably because of a costly error of judgement in relating to somebody from the opposite sex.
  • Still not experiencing a twinge of fear, she eyed the man up and down.
Synonyms
pang, prick, qualm, scruple, misgiving

verb (twinges, twingeing or twinging /-jiNG/, twinged)

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(Of a part of the body) suffer a sudden, sharp localized pain: the ankle still twinged, but the pain was slight
More example sentences
  • He picked his bruised body gingerly off the floor, cursing as his abused hands twinged with pain.
  • Her back twinged with pain, she didn't want to do anything right now.
  • As soon as his right leg hit the ground, his knee twinged with pain.

Origin

Old English twengan 'pinch, wring', of Germanic origin. The noun dates from the mid 16th century.

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