twinge

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twinge / twinj/ • n. a sudden, sharp localized pain: he felt a twinge in his knee. ∎  a brief experience of an emotion, typically an unpleasant one: Kate felt a twinge of guilt. • v. (twinge·ing or twing·ing / -jing/ ) [intr.] (of a part of the body) suffer a sudden, sharp localized pain: the ankle still twinged, but the pain was slight.