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



BrE BrE//pæŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//pæŋ//
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a sudden strong feeling of physical or emotional pain hunger pangs/pangs of hunger a sudden pang of jealousy She looked at Susan and saw with a pang how tired and frail she seemed. Word Originlate 15th cent.: perhaps an alteration of prong.Extra examples He experienced a sudden pang of conscience. He felt the first pangs of desire when he saw his new teacher. She felt a little pang of jealousy. The photograph gave her a pang of homesickness. With a pang she recalled the last time she had seen him. a passing pang of regret the birth pangs of the new technology
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