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twinge (n.)

1540s, "a pinch, a nipping," from obsolete verb twinge "to pinch, tweak," from Old English twengan "to pinch," from Proto-Germanic *twangjan (source also of Old Frisian thwinga, Old Norse þvinga, Danish tvinge, Dutch dwingen, Old High German thwingan, German zwingen "to compel, force"), from PIE *twengh- "to press in on" (see thong). Meaning "sharp, sudden minor pain" is recorded from c. 1600. Figurative sense (with reference to shame, remorse, etc.) is recorded from 1620s.

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Definitions of twinge from WordNet
1
twinge (v.)
cause a stinging pain;
Synonyms: prick / sting
twinge (v.)
feel a sudden sharp, local pain;
twinge (v.)
squeeze tightly between the fingers;
Synonyms: pinch / squeeze / tweet / nip / twitch
2
twinge (n.)
a sudden sharp feeling;
twinges of conscience
Synonyms: pang / stab
twinge (n.)
a sharp stab of pain;
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