from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden sharp spasm of pain. See Synonyms at pain.
- n. A sudden sharp feeling of emotional distress.
- transitive v. To cause to feel pangs; distress acutely.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. paroxysm of extreme physical pain or anguish; sudden and transitory agony;throe
- n. A sharp, sudden feeling of a mental or emotional nature, as of joy or sorrow
- v. to torment; to torture; to cause to have great pain or suffering
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A paroxysm of extreme pain or anguish; a sudden and transitory agony; a throe.
- transitive v. To torture; to cause to have great pain or suffering; to torment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden paroxysm of pain; a transitory or recurring attack of agony; an acute painful spasm; a throe; hence, a sudden and bitter sentiment of sorrow, disappointment, injury, etc.
- n. Synonyms Anguish, Torture, etc. (see agony), twinge, gripe, ache, suffering.
- To cause to suffer a pang or pangs; pain; torture.
- To press; cram, in any way; cram with food.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sharp spasm of pain
- n. a mental pain or distress
- n. a sudden sharp feeling
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *pange, an altered form of prange, pronge ("pang, throe, stab etc.") (Wiktionary)