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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: twinge 'to pinch' (11-19 centuries), from Old English twengan

twinge

noun
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
twinge [countable]
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 guilt etc:
He felt a sharp twinge of guilt for not taking the trouble to visit her.

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