Variant of twinge
Origin: 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
- a sudden, brief, darting pain or pang
- a sudden, brief feeling of remorse, shame, etc.; qualm
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