From Old English twengan.
twinge (plural twinges)
- A pinch; a tweak; a twitch.
- A sudden sharp pain; a darting local pain of momentary continuance; as, a twinge in the arm or side.
- 1935, Francis Beeding, chapter 7/2, The Norwich Victims:
- The two Gordon setters came obediently to heel. Sir Oswald Feiling winced as he turned to go home. He had felt a warning twinge of lumbago.
a pinch; a tweak; a twitch
a sudden sharp pain; a darting local pain of momentary continuance; as, a twinge in the arm or side
twinge (third-person singular simple present twinges, present participle twinging, simple past and past participle twinged)
- To pull with a twitch; to pinch; to tweak.
- To affect with a sharp, sudden pain; to torment with pinching or sharp pains.
- To have a sudden, sharp, local pain, like a twitch; to suffer a keen, darting, or shooting pain; as, the side twinges.