pangs


pangs

noun

  1. a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing: a pang of remorse; a pang of desire.
  2. a sudden, brief, sharp pain or physical sensation; spasm: hunger pangs.

noun

  1. 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.

  1. A sudden sharp spasm of pain.

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