- 1A sudden, sharp localized pain: he felt a twinge in his kneeMore 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.
- 1.1A brief experience of an emotion, typically an unpleasant one: Kate felt a twinge of guiltMore 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.
verb (twinges, twingeing or twinging, twinged)[no object] Back to top
- (Of a part of the body) suffer a sudden, sharp localized pain: stop the exercises if the tummy twingesMore 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.
Old English twengan 'pinch, wring', of Germanic origin. The noun dates from the mid 16th century.