Twinge Twinge, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Twinged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twinging}.] [OE. twengen, AS. twengan; akin to OE. twingen to pain, afflict, OFries. thwinga, twinga, dwinga, to constrain, D. dwingen, OS. thwingan, G. zwingen, OHG. dwingan, thwingan, to press, oppress, overcome, Icel. [thorn]vinga, Sw. tvinga to subdue, constrain, Dan. twinge, and AS. [thorn]["u]n to press, OHG. d[=u]hen, and probably to E. thong. Perhaps influenced by twitch. Cf. {Thong}.] 1. To pull with a twitch; to pinch; to tweak. [1913 Webster]

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. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

2. To affect with a sharp, sudden pain; to torment with pinching or sharp pains. [1913 Webster]

The gnat . . . twinged him [the lion] till he made him tear himself, and so mastered him. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • twinge — [twındʒ] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: twinge to pinch (11 19 centuries), from Old English twengan] 1.) a sudden feeling of slight pain ▪ I felt a twinge of pain in my back. 2.) a twinge of guilt/envy/sadness/jealousy etc a sudden slight feeling of …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Twinge — Twinge, n. 1. A pinch; a tweak; a twitch. [1913 Webster] A master that gives you . . . twinges by the ears. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden sharp pain; a darting local pain of momentary continuance; as, a twinge in the arm or side. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • twinge — [ twındʒ ] noun count 1. ) a sudden short pain: He felt a slight twinge in his knee. 2. ) a sudden short feeling of emotion, especially an unpleasant one: a twinge of sadness/regret/guilt …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Twinge — Twinge, v. i. To have a sudden, sharp, local pain, like a twitch; to suffer a keen, darting, or shooting pain; as, the side twinges. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • twinge — (n.) 1540s, a pinch, from obsolete verb twinge to pinch, tweak, from O.E. twengan to pinch, of uncertain origin. Meaning sharp, sudden pain is recorded from c.1600. Figurative sense (with reference to shame, remorse, etc.) is recorded from 1620s …   Etymology dictionary

  • twinge — ► NOUN 1) a sudden, sharp localized pain. 2) a brief, sharp pang of emotion. ► VERB (twingeing or twinging) ▪ suffer a twinge. ORIGIN Old English, «pinch, wring» …   English terms dictionary

  • twinge — n *pain, ache, pang, throe, stitch …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • twinge — [n] sharp pain ache, bite, gripe, lancination, misery, pang, pinch, prick, shiver, smart, spasm, stab, stitch, throb, throe, tic, tweak, twist, twitch; concept 728 …   New thesaurus

  • twinge — [twinj] vt. twinged, twinging [ME twengen < OE twengan, to squeeze, press, pinch; akin to MHG twengen, to pinch, squeeze (< OHG dwengen, caus. of dwingan, to constrain) & OE thwang, a thong, prob. < IE base * tuengh , to constrain] to… …   English World dictionary

  • twinge — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ sharp ▪ little, slight ▪ I felt a slight twinge of disappointment. ▪ sudden ▪ occasional …   Collocations dictionary

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