- a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing: a pang of remorse; a pang of desire.
- a sudden, brief, sharp pain or physical sensation; spasm: hunger pangs.
- a sudden brief sharp feeling, as of loneliness, physical pain, or hunger
n.1520s, “sudden physical pain,” of unknown origin, perhaps related to prong (prongys of deth is recorded from mid-15c.). Reference to mental or emotional pain is from 1560s. Related: Pangs. n.
- A sudden sharp spasm of pain.