twinge

A twinge is a sting or pang of pain that happens suddenly. Are you recovering from a basketball injury? You may still feel a twinge of discomfort in your knee when you do a layup.

You can experience a physically painful twinge, but there are also twinges that are more emotional, like the twinge of sadness you feel when you look at photos of your old house. Use this word as a verb, too, if you like: "Did your shoulders twinge when you gave your little brother a piggyback ride?" Long ago, to twinge meant to pinch, and the word's origin traces back to the Old English twengan, "to pinch."

Definitions of twinge
  1. noun
    a sudden sharp feeling
    twinges of conscience”
    synonyms: pang, stab
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    types:
    guilt pang
    pangs of feeling guilty
    type of:
    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    a sharp stab of pain
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    type of:
    pain, pain sensation, painful sensation
    a somatic sensation of acute discomfort
  3. verb
    cause a stinging pain
    synonyms: prick, sting
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    types:
    prick, prickle
    cause a prickling sensation
    type of:
    ache, hurt, suffer
    feel physical pain
  4. verb
    squeeze tightly between the fingers
    synonyms: nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twitch
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    types:
    goose
    pinch in the buttocks
    tweak
    pinch or squeeze sharply
    type of:
    grip
    hold fast or firmly
  5. verb
    feel a sudden sharp, local pain
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    type of:
    ache, hurt, suffer
    feel physical pain
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