Definition of twinge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//twɪndʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//twɪndʒ//
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  1. 1a sudden short feeling of pain He felt a twinge in his knee.
  2. 2twinge (of something) a sudden short feeling of an unpleasant emotion a twinge of disappointment She felt a twinge of guilt about cancelling at the last moment. I felt a twinge of envy at her success.
  3. Word OriginOld English twengan ‘pinch, wring’, of Germanic origin. The noun dates from the mid 16th cent.Extra examples I still get the occasional twinge of pain. She still has twinges of resentment about it. The letter still gives him a twinge when he thinks of it. a twinge of guilt
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