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From Old English twengan.



twinge (plural twinges)

  1. A pinch; a tweak; a twitch.
  2. A sudden sharp pain.
    I got a twinge in my arm.
    • 1935, Francis Beeding, “7/2”, in The Norwich Victims[1]:
      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.



twinge (third-person singular simple present twinges, present participle twingeing or twinging, simple past and past participle twinged)

  1. (transitive) To pull with a twitch; to pinch; to tweak.
    • Hudibras
      When a man is past his sense, / There's no way to reduce him thence, / But twinging him by the ears or nose, / Or laying on of heavy blows.
  2. (transitive) To affect with a sharp, sudden pain; to torment with pinching or sharp pains.
    • L'Estrange
      The gnat [] twinged him [the lion] till he made him tear himself, and so mastered him.
  3. (intransitive) To have a sudden, sharp, local pain, like a twitch; to suffer a keen, darting, or shooting pain.
    My side twinges.