transitive verbtwinged, twing′ing
Origin of twingeMiddle English twengen from Old English twengan, to squeeze, press, pinch; akin to Middle High German twengen, to pinch, squeeze ( from Old High German dwengen, causative of dwingan, to constrain) and Old English thwang, a thong, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form tuengh-, to constrain
- a sudden, brief, darting pain or pang
- a sudden, brief feeling of remorse, shame, etc.; qualm
- A sharp, sudden physical pain. See Synonyms at pain.
- A mental or emotional pain: a twinge of guilt.
verbtwinged, twing·ing, twing·es
- To cause to feel a twinge or twinges: His conscience twinged him.
- Obsolete To tweak; pinch.
Origin of twingeFrom Middle English twengen to pinch from Old English twengan
(third-person singular simple present twinges, present participle twinging, simple past and past participle twinged)
From Old English twengan.