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
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n a sudden sharp feeling

twinges of conscience”
Synonyms:
pang, stab
Types:
guilt pang
pangs of feeling guilty
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a sharp stab of pain

Type of:
pain, pain sensation, painful sensation
a somatic sensation of acute discomfort

v cause a stinging pain

Synonyms:
prick, sting
Types:
prick, prickle
cause a prickling sensation
Type of:
ache, hurt, suffer
feel physical pain

v squeeze tightly between the fingers

Synonyms:
nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twitch
Types:
goose
pinch in the buttocks
tweak
pinch or squeeze sharply
Type of:
grip
hold fast or firmly

v feel a sudden sharp, local pain

Type of:
ache, hurt, suffer
feel physical pain

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